Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/8/14
Baltimore Orioles (83-59) at Boston Red Sox (63-80)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Miguel Gonzalez (R) (8-7) (3.358) vs. Anthony Ranaudo (R) (3-1) (4.629)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +109 / Baltimore Orioles -119 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, NESN
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series Monday at Fenway Park.
The Baltimore Orioles have won eight of their last 11 games and are 24 games above a .500 record. The Orioles offense continues to carry the load, scoring four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The O’s have won 13 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has homered five times in his last eight games and Adam Jones has hit in seven of his last 10 games. The Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.58, which is 11th in the majors. Miguel Gonzalez gets the ball, and he’s 8-7 with a 3.38 ERA and has 97 strikeouts in 136 innings. Gonzalez is 3-0 with a 2.61 ERA in six career games against the Red Sox.
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The Boston Red Sox have split their last 10 games and are 17 games below a .500 record. The Red Sox pitching staff has been brutal lately, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. Overall, the Boston Red Sox have an ERA of 3.98, which is 22nd in the majors, and they’ve lost 12 of their last 16 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Mike Napoli has five hits in his last three games and Dustin Pedroia has a hit in six of his last 10 games. Starting is Joe Kelly, who is 3-3 with a 4.13 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. This will be Kelly’s first career game against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 4-0 in Gonzalezs last 4 starts with 4 days of rest and 6-2 in Gonzalezs last 8 starts overall. The Red Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 7-21 in their last 28 games as a home underdog. The Orioles are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
I like the Red Sox at home for the plus money. Baltimore has never seen Joe Kelly, and the Red Sox have remained a decent team that seems to want to end the season on a positive note. Give me the home team in this spot.