Boston Red Sox (45-22 SU, 36-31 ATS, 31-34-2 O/U) at Baltimore Orioles (19-46 SU, 24-41 ATS, 27-37-1 O/U)
When and Where: Wednesday, June 13, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md., 3:05 p.m. EDT.
Chris Sale looks to avoid losing four straight starts for the first time in nearly three years Wednesday when the Boston Red Sox wrap up a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Sale getting Ks but not Ws for Red Sox
A 17-game winner in his first season with the Red Sox last year, Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA) has hit a rough patch of late but also took a tough-luck loss last time out.
Sale stifled his former team, the Chicago White Sox, to one run and six hits over eight innings while striking out 10 on Friday, but that run was enough to consign him to a 1-0 defeat. The left-hander, who last lost four straight starts from Sept. 7-24, 2015, has been reached for 11 runs and 17 hits in 18 1-3 innings during his three-start skid.
He still leads the AL with 120 strikeouts in games played through Monday and reached double figures in strikeouts for the fourth time in his last start. Sale recorded his other three 10-K games on the road, where he is 3-2 with a 2.68 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 53 2-3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .188 batting average.
Sale did not get a decision against Baltimore on April 15, yielding one run and two hits in five innings while striking out eight in Boston’s 3-1 victory. That ended a five-start winning streak against the Orioles in which he compiled a 1.54 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 35 innings.
He has pitched lights-out in his last four starts in the Inner Harbor, posting a 1.33 ERA in winning them all. Sale struck out nine or more in three of those contests and has 40 in 27 innings in those games. The lefty is 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA in nine career starts versus Baltimore.
Manny Machado is 6 for 16 with a homer and two doubles versus Sale, while Trey Mancini is 5 for 12 with a pair of doubles. Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo have each homered while going a combined 11 for 48, but each of them have whiffed 11 times. Chris Davis has struggled in his matchups, going 2 for 20 with seven strikeouts.
Cashner looks to avoid becoming first 9-game loser in majors for O’s
Andrew Cashner (2-8, 4.98 ERA), who shares the major league lead in losses with teammate Alex Cobb and Houston’s Dallas Kuechel, also carries a three-start losing streak into this contest as he again tries to get on track for Baltimore.
Opponents have knocked around the right-hander at a .397 clip in those three games, in which Cashner has yielded 11 runs and 29 hits in just 17 innings. He gave up a pair of solo homers and three runs and nine hits overall in six innings of a 5-1 setback at Toronto on Friday.
Cashner has yet to win at home this season, going 0-5 with a 5.22 ERA in seven starts. His struggles have been magnified because Baltimore has backed him with just eight runs in those games, scoring one or none in five of those contests. The 1.82 runs per start at home Cashner has received are second-fewest in the American League.
He split his only two career starts against Boston last year, yielding seven runs and nine hits in 12 innings. Cashner picked up the win in the most recent outing, giving up a pair of unearned runs on Xander Bogaerts‘ home run and pitching seven innings in an 8-2 victory.
The Red Sox are:
- 9-1 in Sale’s last 10 road starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 20-7 in their last 27 Wednesday games.
- 11-4 in Sale’s last 15 starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
The Orioles are:
- 5-21 in their last 26 Wednesday games.
- 0-4 in their last four games vs. Sale.
- 0-4 in Cashner’s last four home starts vs. above-.500 teams.
Machado, who sat out Monday’s 2-0, 12-inning loss for the Orioles, is 9 for 29 with a homer and four doubles in seven games against Baltimore this year. The shortstop, continued to be the a highly sought after player by contending teams ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, has not had a non-solo homer since May 17 and is hitting just .226 in his last 14 games with three homers and six RBIs.