Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (4-0) at Boston Red Sox (3-1)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm (Fenway Park)
Y Gallardo (1-0) (1.80) vs. D Price (1-0) (3.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -190 / Baltimore Orioles +180 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MASN
Coming up in the MLB on Monday, we’ve got the series opener between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway Park.
The Red Sox are coming off a pretty impressive series against the Blue Jays, logging a whopping 16 runs in the first two games. During game three Sunday, however, that output stopped in a 3-0 Boston loss.
As for the Orioles, they’re fresh off an abbreviated series against the Rays, with Saturday’s matchup postponed due to the weather. Baltimore won game one 6-1, and in game two on Sunday, they remained unbeaten with a 5-3 victory at Camden Yards.
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Set to start on Monday for the Red Sox is left-hander David Price. Though he could have pitched Sunday’s game, Price and the Boston rotation stay intact here. During his first appearance in the opener, Price had a nice outing with six innings of two-run ball and 10 strikeouts.
Backing up Price at the plate, the Red Sox boast a pretty potent lineup. David Ortiz sits in the cleanup spot and could reach the 30-homer mark if he stays healthy. Thus far, Ortiz has two homers, five RBI and three runs so he’s off to a decent start. Also of note in Boston is speedster Mookie Betts, who has a solid shot at joining the 20-20 club this season. Betts has three hits with a homer and three RBI so far in 2016.
Over on the Orioles’ side, Yovani Gallardo will be taking the hill in Monday’s matchup. Gallardo started out the season well on Wednesday, going five innings against the Twins in a victory.
The Baltimore lineup has already had to flip a few things around (specifically J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones) due to injury this season, but has done fine otherwise. There’s a healthy buzz this year around Manny Machado once again, and he’s responded with nine hits, two homers and five runs. Machado went 4-for-4 on Sunday. Chris Davis is also a key player for the Orioles, and has collected two homers and five runs in 2016. Davis whiffed in Sunday’s game, however.
Now let’s get into some trends for this matchup. The Orioles are 7-2 in their last nine game ones of a series, and 10-0 in their last 10 overall.
As for the Red Sox, they’re 9-4 in their last home games and 8-1 in their last nine against the American League East.
This should be a stellar series, and a must-watch for any baseball fan. That said, I like the Red Sox here in the opener and think Price will come out and pitch well, getting Boston the close victory.