Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/9/14
Boston Red Sox (27-34) at Baltimore Orioles (31-29)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Jake Peavy (R) (1-3) (4.722) vs. Bud Norris (R) (4-5) (4.411)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -120 / Boston Red Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MASN
The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles take the field for a three-game series that begins Monday night.
The Red Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a comeback win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, and they’re now six games below a .500 record. The main issues for the Red Sox losing stretch has been their pitching staff that has allowed five or more runs in four of their last five games. The Red Sox have an inconsistent rotation with a 3.91 ERA. Offensively, the Red Sox have improved over the last month and David Ortiz has seven RBI in his last four games. Jake Peavy gets the nod, and he’s 1-3 with a 4.72 ERA and has 55 strikeouts in 74.1 innings. Peavy is 2-0 with a 4.21 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles.
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The Orioles head into this matchup one game above a .500 record, as they’ve won five of their last eight games. It’s been hit and miss for an Orioles team that has an ERA of 4.17. It’s forced the Orioles to score six or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Orioles are 23-9 when scoring more than three runs this season. Adam Jones has 14 hits in his last 10 games and Nick Markakis is riding a 13-game hitting streak. Bud Norris takes the hill, and he’s 4-5 with a 4.41 ERA and has 45 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. Norris is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 1-4 in Peavy's last 5 starts and 2-7 in their last 9 during game 1 of a series. The Orioles are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. American League East and 4-1 in Norris' last 5 home starts.
Both teams are so up-and-down that it's probably wise to just sit this game out. But if you must, I like the Sox and the plus money on the road.