Baltimore Orioles (5-4) at Boston Red Sox (6-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 18, 2015, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -135 / Baltimore Orioles +125 --- Over/Under: 9
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The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox play game two of their four-game series Saturday afternoon.
The Baltimore Orioles have split their first 10 games and hope to bounce back from a Saturday 3-2 loss. The Orioles have been relying on their offense out of the gate, producing four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Orioles have won eight of their last 12 when scoring more than three runs. Adam Jones leads Baltimore with 14 hits and four home runs, while Travis Snider and Chris Davis have combined for 11 RBI. The Baltimore Orioles have split their first four road games this season and could really make a statement in this series. Chris Tillman gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Tillman is 7-3 with a 2.69 ERA and 77 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Red Sox are also turning to their offense that’s produced five or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Red Sox have won 13 of their last 16 games when scoring at least four runs. Xander Bogaerts leads Boston with 15 hits and eight RBI, while Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have combined for 17 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have won three of their first four home games and are very dangerous offensively in their small park. Clay Buchholz takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 7.84 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Buchholz is 9-4 with a 3.86 ERA and 71 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 36-17 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series and 42-20 in Tillmans last 62 starts. The Red Sox are 7-16 in their last 23 home games and 1-4 in Buchholzs last 5 starts. The Red Sox are 5-1 in Buchholzs last 6 starts vs. Orioles and the Orioles are 10-2 in Tillmans last 12 starts vs. Red Sox.
Both pitchers have had so much success against the other team, including Tillman who has won 10 of his last 12 games against the Red Sox. Because of that, I'm taking the road team and the plus money.