Baltimore Orioles (23-32) at Boston Red Sox (21-34)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Fenway Park)
Alex Cobb (1-5) (4.76) vs. Martin Perez (3-4) (3.88)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -141 / Baltimore Orioles +130 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox meet in an AL East division matchup in MLB action from Fenway Park on Thursday.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to rebound from a 9-1 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday. Austin Hays went 3 for 4 with a solo home run that was the only RBI that Baltimore would plate in the losing effort. Ryan Mountcastle and Pat Valaika each had three hits as well while Renato Nunez and Ramon Urias each had a base hit in the losing effort. Dean Kremer took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing seven runs on seven hits while striking out a pair over 2.2 innings of work in the defeat. Alex Cobb will start here and is 1-5 with a 4.76 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cobb is 8-6 with a 3.73 ERA and 75 strikeouts against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build off of their strong performance in their last outing. Rafael Devers had a double and three RBIs while Kevin Plawecki had a triple with two RBIs. Michael Chavis and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had an RBI to cap off the scoring for the Red Sox in the victory. Nathan Eovaldi got the win to improve his record to 4-2 on the year after tossing six shutout innings while giving up seven hits and striking out eight. Martin Perez will start here and is 3-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Perez is 4-5 with a 4.77 ERA and 43 strikeouts against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 109-237 in their last 187 games as a road underdog and 60-142 in their last 202 road games while the under is 6-0-2 in their last 8 games against a left-handed starter. Boston is 16-35 in their last 51 games within the division and 3-8 in their last 11 home games while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Baltimore is 16-35 in the last 51 meetings between these two teams.
Normally I’d see Alex Cobb and Martin Perez on the schedule and my mind immediately shifts to the over. However, Cobb hasn’t pitched terribly this season, giving up two earned runs or less in six of his nine starts this season. Granted, Cobb hasn’t necessarily gone deep in those games but when he’s been in, he has limited the damage for the most part. On the other side, Perez has been arguably the most consistent pitcher for the Red Sox this season. I think a pitcher’s duel could be on the cards here, so I’ll take the under in this game.