Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
|Date & Time||Monday May 6, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox / Baltimore Orioles -- O/U: 9.5
The Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles meet in game one of a three game AL East division set from Camden Yards on Monday night.
The Boston Red Sox will look to keep their momentum going after winning six of their last seven games following a 9-2 win in their series finale against the White Sox on Sunday. Xander Bogaerts led the Red Sox with a grand slam while Mitch Moreland added two RBIs while going 2 for 3. Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and Eduardo Nunez each had RBIs in the win. Rafael Devers went 2 for 5 with a double while Jackie Bradley Jr. added a base hit as well in the victory for the BoSox. Rick Porcello gave up two runs on five hits while striking out seven over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Workman got the win to improve to 2-1 on the year. Josh A. Smith will start game one and is 0-0 with 1 strikeout this season. This will be Smith’s first career start against Baltimore.
The Baltimore Orioles come into this game rested after having Sunday off with the postponement of their finale against Tampa Bay. The O’s had to settle for a series split after taking game two on Saturday by a final score of 3-0. Dwight Smith Jr. had a solo home run while Jonathan Villar had a double and an RBI. Trey Mancini and Stevie Wilkerson each had two hits with Wilkerson adding a double. Austin Wynns chipped in a base hit as well to cap off Baltimore’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Dylan Bundy got the win to improve to 1-4 after tossing 7.1 shutout innings, giving up just three hits while striking out four. Mychal Givens closed out the 9th for his 3rd save of the season. John Means will start game one and is 3-3 with a 2.81 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Means’ second career start against Boston.
Boston is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 10-3 in their last 13 Monday games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 division games. Baltimore is 63-156 in their last 219 games overall and 22-52 in their last 74 home games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 home games against a team with a losing record. Boston is 21-5 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings between the two teams in Baltimore.
There hasn’t been a line released yet, and the price on Boston is probably going to be steep considering the direction these two teams are heading in right now. Even with Means being one of Baltimore’s better starters, and with the Orioles earning a split against Tampa Bay, I can’t go against Boston here. The Red Sox are finally starting to look like the defending champions that we expected to see from the get go and are picking up steam after their slow start. The Orioles are starting to look like the basement dwellers that we expected to see early on so it’s either Boston or pass for me in this one.