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The Baltimore Orioles are looking to get back on track against the Boston Red Sox?
Red Sox looking to make playoff push
It has been nothing short of a topsy-turvy type of start to the season for the defending champions as they have continued to flutter around the .500 mark on the year. They have had much difficulty breaking through that has them sitting just on the outside looking for the playoff picture in the American league just narrowly trailing the Texas Rangers for the second wildcard spot. However, they have had consistent production from their core group throughout the season with their primary bats stepping it up in the process. This has seen third baseman Rafael Devers play a prominent role with his offensive production as he’s batting .304 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. It saw him earn player of the month honors in the AL as he hit .351 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 40 hits, and 25 runs scored over that month. Although he hasn’t had a tremendous amount of production this week, he is hitting .233 with a home run and four RBI
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 15, 2019
Meanwhile, it has seen All-Star outfielder J.D. Martinez step it up over the last few weeks as he’s batting .304 with 16 home runs, 39 RBI, and 41 runs scored. Martinez has been swinging a blazing bat in the last week as he’s batting .421 with three home runs, five RBI, and four runs scored over that span. Martinez’s presence in the middle of the order has helped lift the Red Sox to hold one of the league’s most potent offense that has could put them on pace to surge right into the playoff picture altogether in the process and continue the upward trend that has seen them win four straight games heading into Sunday’s contest. The Red Sox are turning to left-hander Brian Johnson to push them forward, but he has struggled in his four games played this year holding a 12.71 This game will ultimately lay in the hands of their offense carrying the load and add to their surge.
Orioles continue to falter
It has been yet another slow start out of the gate to the year for the Orioles that has seen them fall completely out of the mix for the playoffs well ahead of the All-Star break next month. Baltimore has been one of the worst teams in the league with utter lack of production from both their bats and pitching up to this point in time ranking among the worst teams in both regards. They have had no consistency in either regard and that has pushed them to sit 21 games behind the New York Yankees for the AL East division lead heading into Sunday’s contest. The bulk of their issues have come from their offense being an utter non-factor as they are currently 26th in runs scored, 21st in hits, 22nd in doubles, 23rd in batting average, and 20th in home runs. They haven’t been able to provide their pitching staff with any stable production.
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— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 15, 2019
At the same time, it has been equally as disappointing from their starting rotation as they have been one of the worst pitching staffs in the league. The Orioles are currently 29th in ERA, 28th in opposing batting average, and last in opposing slugging percentage. These pitching woes have only added to what’s been a disappointing campaign that has pushed them into the spot of being one of the worst teams in the league. This has been evident in the last 10 games where they have dropped eight games including the last four straight contests. That said, the Orioles are sending their best arm to the mound for Sunday’s tilt in left-hander John Means, who holds a 6-4 record with a 2.60 ERA. Means has been their lone consistent starter in the rotation taking control of their ace role as he has given up just one run in each of his last three outings. He will have a tough task in front of him against the Red Sox, but it will ultimately come down to the run support behind him that will be the difference in the contest.
- Orioles are 1-4 in Means’ last five starts.
- Orioles are 1-4 in Means’ last five starts on grass.
- Red Sox are 5-0 in their last five road games.
- Red Sox are 57-15 in their last 72 during Game 3 of a series.
- Red Sox are 51-15 in their last 66 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Orioles have been a train wreck this season with their utter lack of consistency on the field. This will continue on Sunday afternoon despite their best arm in Means taking the mound. It should be noted that the Red Sox are 37-18 in the last 55 meetings against the Orioles.
Prediction: Boston -128
Full-Game Total Pick
Although the Red Sox have yet to announce their starter for the contest, it should be more of a pitching duel. Means is putting together an impressive campaign that should see him put forth a respectable outing against Boston. Keep in mind, the under is 5-0 in Means’ last five home starts.
Prediction: Under 10