Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/13/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (6-0) at Boston Red Sox (3-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
U Jimenez (1-0) (1.29) vs. J Kelly (0-0) (21.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -144 / Baltimore Orioles +134 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MASN
The MLB is bringing us a great American League East matchup on Wednesday, when the Baltimore Orioles head to Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox.
This will be game three of the series. In game one, the Orioles fired off five runs in the third inning on the way to a 9-7 victory. In game two, Baltimore won again, this time coming back from a 4-2 score after the fifth to rattle off seven more runs in the next two innings and take the game 9-5.
Climbing the hill for the Orioles in Wednesday’s game thre will be right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. In his first appearance of the season back on Thursday, Jimenez logged two runs (one earned) over seven frames against the Twins. It was an eventual 4-2 victory for Baltimore, and Jimenez struck out nine batters in the contest.
The Orioles’ lineup is packed with potential and heavy hitters. Manny Machado is off to a great start, collecting 12 hits with eight runs and three homers thus far. Chris Davis is also swinging a big stick these days, knocking three homers with seven RBI and eight runs.
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On the other side, the Red Sox will be trotting out right-hander Joe Kelly for Wednesday’s game. Kelly started out well on Friday against Toronto, but ended up giving out seven runs in just over three innings of work. The fourth inning was disastrous for Kelly, as he loaded the bases, hit a batter and then proceeded to give up a grand slam to Josh Donaldson.
At the plate, the Red Sox have been able to produce runs pretty well thus far. Hanley Ramirez has collected 10 hits with five RBI this season, while OF Brock Holt has accounted for eight RBI with six runs. Also of note is Xander Bogaerts, who has seven runs and three doubles in 2016. Unfortunately for Boston, Holt, Bogaerts and Ramirez combined to go 2-for-10 with one run in game two.
Now let’s check out some of the running trends heading into Wednesday’s matchup. The Orioles are 5-0 in Jimenez’s last five starts with five days’ rest, and 9-0 in their last nine against the American League East.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 during game three of a series, and 5-0 in Kelly’s last five home starts. Boston is also 9-1 in Kelly’s last 10 starts overall.
Speaking of Kelly, he should be able to hold things together a little better here (things couldn’t get much worse), but I’ll still take Jimenez in this one. I like the Orioles offense to keep cooking along and snag another victory.