Baltimore Orioles (2-0) at Boston Red Sox (0-2)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Bruce Zimmermann (0-0) (0.00) vs. Garrett Richards (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -160 / Baltimore Orioles +148 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox meet Sunday in MLB action at Fenway Park.
The Baltimore Orioles look to remain undefeated after getting off to a quick 2-0 start. The Orioles pitching staff has allowed a combined two runs through their first 18 innings, easily the best baseball we’ve seen from this club in a long time. The Orioles look for their first 3-0 start since the 2017 season. Pedro Severino leads the Orioles with four hits while Cedric Mullins and Maikel Franco have combined for six hits and two RBI. Bruce Zimmermann gets the ball, and he was 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA and seven strikeouts last season. This will be Zimmermann’s second career game against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox need a win here to avoid an embarrassing sweep to start the season. The Red Sox have done nothing offensively through two games and are quickly looking like the team from last season. The Red Sox look to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2012 season. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with four hits and one RBI while Marwin Gonzalez and Kevin Plawecki have combined for three hits and one RBI. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he was 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 46 strikeouts last season. Richards is 0-4 with a 5.46 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 7-3 in their last 10 Sunday games and 63-145 in their last 208 road games. The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games and 4-10 in their last 14 home games. The over is 5-2 in Orioles last 7 overall. The over is 7-1 in Red Sox last 8 overall. The Orioles are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings.
It's hard to get behind the Boston Red Sox based on what we've seen through two games, but it's not like the O's have blown you away in this series. The Red Sox just can't put together offense. That has to eventually change, right? Zimmermann didn't look good last season in limited action and Richards is an experienced pitcher who is capable of righting the ship and calming things down. The Red Sox should win this game. Price is a bit steep, but still...