Red Sox vs. Orioles, 9-19-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Brian Spaen
Boston Red Sox (85-64 SU, 64-79 O-U, 1st AL East)
vs Baltimore Orioles (73-77 SU, 74-72 O-U, 3rd AL East)
When: Tuesday, Sep 19th, 7:05 PM ET
Line: BOS -118 / BAL -105
TV/Live Stream: MLB.tv, MASN, NESN
Boston and Baltimore will continue their series on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox couldn’t complete a sweep of the Rays over the weekend, but are still up three games over the Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles are tied with said Rays and are 5.5 games back of the wild card spot.
Red Sox bullpen looking strong against Rays, A’s
Boston’s pitching staff has been stellar in the past week, especially in the bullpen. They’ve posted just a 1.69 ERA over the last five games. As of early Monday, designated hitter Hanley Ramirez is still sidelined with a biceps injury, but he’s expected to return at some point against the Orioles.
Starting pitcher: Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (16-5, 3.28 ERA)
Pomeranz has won two consecutive, the latest coming against Oakland on Thursday. He gave up just one earned run on five hits through six innings. His pitching ratio was a modest five strikeouts to three walks, but he didn’t give up a homer. He exited the game after hurling 111 pitches. He’s only given up three homers over his last six starts and the Red Sox have won in seven of his last eight starts.
Jones nursing leg issues heading into series
Baltimore was able to avoid a sweep against the New York Yankees by taking the series finale 6-4. However, the team has gone 2-8 in their last 10 games and there’s simply no hope for them to reach the postseason anymore. Outfielder Adam Jones wasn’t in the lineup on Sunday and is currently sidelined with a leg injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.
Starting pitcher: Right-hander Kevin Gausman (11-10, 4.83 ERA)
Gausman had a win over Toronto back on Wednesday. He gave up just one earned run on six hits through seven innings. He had a solid pitching ratio of six strikeouts to one walk and no homers through 106 total pitches. The bullpen took care of things after that and the Orioles took a tight 2-1 ballgame. Baltimore has won in three of Gausman’s last four starts.
Red Sox are:
- 24-5 in their last 29 games on Tuesday
- 5-1 in their last 6 road games against teams with a losing record
- 2-9 in their last 11 games overall
- 1-7 in their last 8 against teams with a winning record
Boston should continue to coast into the playoffs. They own the pitching matchup while Baltimore has seen a slight uptick on offense, but are still averaging just 2.7 runs per nine innings in their last 10 games.
Pick: BOS -118
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