Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/3/21

Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/3/21 Photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles (1-0) at Boston Red Sox (0-1)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Matt Harvey (0-0) (0.00) vs. Tanner Houck (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -165 / Baltimore Orioles +152 --- Over/Under: 10 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox meet Saturday in MLB action at Fenway Park.

The Baltimore Orioles produced a shutout in their season opener that included just two hits allowed and eight strikeouts. I’m not sure how long that sort of performance will continue, but there’s no doubt the O’s are coming off one of their best games in quite some time given their struggles over the years. The Orioles look for their first 2-0 start since the 2017 season. Pedro Severino leads the Orioles with two hits while Cedric Mullins and Maikel Franco have combined for three hits. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he was 0-3 with a 11.57 ERA and 10 strikeouts last season. This will be Harvey’s second career game against the Red Sox.

The Boston Red Sox can only go up from here, as they simply didn’t show up in their opener and only had two runners in scoring position the whole contest. The Red Sox offense better wake up or we’re going to start having flashbacks of last season. The Red Sox look to avoid their first 0-2 start since the 2012 season. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with one hit while Enrique Hernandez and Rafael Davers have combined for one hit. Tanner Houck gets the ball, and he was 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA and 21 strikeouts last season. This will be Houck’s first career game against the Orioles.

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The Red Sox are 12-27 in their last 39 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Orioles are 62-145 in their last 207 road games and 130-277 in their last 407 overall. The over is 5-1 in Orioles last 6 overall. The over is 19-7-1 in Red Sox last 27 overall. The Orioles are 15-36 in the last 51 meetings.

Let's start off by saying the Baltimore Orioles aren't a good baseball team until proven otherwise and Harvey has been batting practice for opposing lineups the last several years. The Boston Red Sox are more talented than what they showed yesterday and Houck was highly impressive last season despite the small 17 inning sample size. I can't back a team that's throwing Harvey on the hill. Give me the Red Sox, and I'll take the RL for added betting value.

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