Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Free Pick 8/28/13
Baltimore Orioles (70-60) at Boston Red Sox (78-55)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Bud Norris (R) (9-9) (4.167) vs. John Lackey (R) (8-11) (3.169)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -141 / Baltimore Orioles +131 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles face-off on Wednesday for game two of their AL East series.
The Boston Red Sox took out the bats on Tuesday and pummeled the Orioles in the process. Shane Victorino had three hits, including two home runs, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury each had three hits, and Mike Napoli hit a home run as the Red Sox scored 13 runs on 14 hits. Starting pitcher Felix Doubront managed to stay out of trouble and he allowed four hits and two runs, while striking out seven over 6.2 innings to get the win and go to 10-6 on the year. For Wednesday’s game, the Red Sox start John Lackey, who has lost three of his last four starts and five of his last six decisions. For the season, Lackey has allowed 142 hits and 52 earned runs, while striking out 130 over 147.2 innings for an 8-11 record and a 3.17 ERA.
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The Baltimore Orioles had the lead for a brief instance, but it was short-lived as they were on the wring side of a beat down at Fenway Park on Tuesday. J.J. Hardy and Danny Valencia each had two hits, but that was all of the offense for the Orioles. Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen allowed eight hits and eight runs, while striking out five over 3.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 7-7 on the year. For Wednesday’s game, the Orioles start Bud Norris who got pounded in his last start, but the Orioles came back to win so he got a no decision. Since being traded to Baltimore, Norris has allowed 34 hits and 17 earned runs, while striking out 28 over 27.2 innings for a 3-1 record and a 5.53 ERA.
Boston is 22-9 in their last 31 home games, 36-16 as a home favorite, and 2-5 in Lackey’s last seven starts. Baltimore is 1-5 in their last six road games, 0-5 as an underdog, and 5-0 in Norris’ last five starts. Baltimore is 11-4 in their last 15 games in Boston.
I don’t see the hitting stopping in this series and on Wednesday, my free pick in this baseball game is the over. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will give out the winner in the Premium Area.