Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 8, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -277 / Baltimore Orioles +251 -- O/U: 8.5
The Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles meet in the finale of their three game AL East division set from Camden Yards in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Boston Red Sox will look to win the set after evening the series up at one win apiece following an 8-5 win over Baltimore on Tuesday. J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland each had a home run and three RBIs while Xander Bogaerts added a solo home run and Mookie Betts chipped in an RBI to round out Boston’s scoring in the win. Christian Vazquez went 2 for 4 while Rafael Devers added a base hit as well in the victory. Hector Velasquez gave up two runs in three innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Marcus Walden got the win in relief to improve to 5-0 this season. Chris Sale will start game three and is 1-5 with a 5.25 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 7-2 with a 2.69 ERA and 109 strikeouts against Baltimore.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to rebound after dropping game two on Tuesday. Rio Ruiz had a home run and two RBIs while Hanser Alberto had a solo homer. Dwight Smith Jr. had a double and an RBI while going 2 for 4 while Chris Davis added an RBI to finish off Baltimore’s scoring in the loss. Joey Rickard went 2 for 3 with a double and Trey Mancini added a base knock as well in the defeat. David Hess allowed three runs on three hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Branden Kline took the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Andrew Cashner will start game three and is 4-1 with a 4.71 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cashner is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Boston.
Boston is 1-6 in Sale’s last 7 starts and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 division games. Baltimore is 5-1 in Cashner’s last 6 starts 23-51 in their last 74 division games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Boston is 6-1 in Sale’s last 7 starts against Baltimore and 4-0 in Sale’s last 4 road starts against the Orioles.
I understand the allure of Sale vs. Baltimore, but the fact is that one good start doesn’t do a whole lot for me and my current view of Chris Sale. The guy has struggled for a good part of the season and if we’re being honest, he hasn’t pitched well enough to warrant laying this kind of price on the road. Cashner is coming off of his worst start of the year, but the Orioles did go 5-0 in his starts in the month of April, including a win at Fenway Park over the Red Sox. I’d personally leave this game alone, but if forced to pick, I’d take a shot at Baltimore and the plus money.