Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (5-8) at Boston Red Sox (10-2)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:05 pm (Fenway Park)
A Cobb (0-0) (0.00) vs. Hector Velazquez (1-0) (3.11)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -160 / Baltimore Orioles +150 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, MASN
Out at historic Fenway Park on Saturday, the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox will be resuming their weekend MLB series.
In the Friday opener, the Red Sox struck first, scoring four times in the first inning on the way to a 7-3 win.
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For the Saturday game, the Os will be bringing out RHP Alex Cobb for the start. This will be Cobb’s first appearance this year after a 3.42 ERA in nine starts last season.
Coming into this set, the Orioles’ lead hitter was Manny Machado with 17 hits, three home runs, six RBI and six runs. On Friday, Machado had a hit and two RBI.
Over on the Sox’ side, they’re going with RHP Hector Velazquez on Saturday. In his 8.2 innings and 1-0 record this year, Velazquez carries a 3.12 ERA with six Ks and two walks.
Mookie Betts was the top hitter for the Sox heading into this series, and he had 17 hits, 14 runs and nine RBI to his credit in that span. In the Friday game, Betts logged a hit, an RBI and a run.
The Orioles are 8-23 in their last 31 in game two of a series and 0-7 in their last seven Saturday games. The under is 18-5 in the Orioles’ last 23 in game two of a series and 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these two teams in Boston.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 6-0 in their last six Saturday games and 17-7 in their last 24 during game two of a series. The under is 11-5 in the Sox’ last 16 during game two of a series and also 16-7-2 in the last 25 meetings between these two teams.
Boston has started out the season better than even the most optimistic fan expected, and across the board the Sox simply don’t have too many weaknesses. The Os offense may give the Sox a bit of trouble here and there during this game, but it shouldn’t amount to much. Until I see an extended downturn, I’m going with Boston every time.