The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to meet for the second game of a three-game series at Camden Yards. The Red Sox got off to a nice start against the Orioles with a 7-3 win. Eduardo Rodriguez, who didn’t pitch last year after contracting Covid, pitched a decent game through 5 innings.
Rodriguez struckout 7 batters while allowing 3 earned runs. He wasn’t perfect, but received plenty of run support and the bullpen held up well. Reliever Garrett Whitlock pitched two perfect innings with no walks or hits conceded. After Rodriguez left the game, the Orioles recorded just one more hit in the game.
Rafael Devers had the most productive day at the dish for the Red Sox. He finished with 2 RBI and 2 runs on 2-for-3 hitting. Following a slow start, the Red Sox have been playing good baseball over their last three outings. The Red Sox are on a three-game winning streak with a 6-5 and 9-2 win over the Rays, and 7-3 most recently over the Orioles to get this series underway.
The Red Sox were swept by the Orioles at Fenway Park to open the season. It was a brutal start for the Red Sox, but in a 162-game season, it’s best not to overreact to one bad series. Conversely, the Orioles probably aren’t as good as they looked in Boston. They are going in the right direction, but the Orioles are still a couple of years off from competing again.
The Orioles have been selling the past few years, so eventually the young talent that they’ve accumulated should start to contribute. For the Red Sox, they aren’t going anywhere this season either. They finished a game behind the Orioles with a record of 24-36. The Red Sox can certainly and should be better than that with a healthier rotation, but winning the AL East is likely out of reach.
Boston doesn’t quite have the power in their rotation needed to win. However, with E-Rod back and healthy, the Red Sox should be more competitive. Chirs Sale, though, is not back and is currently on the 60-day IL. He’s making progress in rehab after Tommy John surgery, but hasn’t thrown off a mound yet. Former Padre, Garrett Richards, is scheduled to get the nod for the Red Sox, while Bruce Zimmermann will be called on for the Orioles. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Orioles pick on April 10, 2021.
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Garrett Richards is looking for a fresh start with the Red Sox in Boston. Richards has spent his entire career in California between Anaheim and San Diego. The 32-year-old has been on the unfortunate side of injuries at times in his career and inconsistent at other times. On an Angels team that has had horrible luck with rotation health, Richards spent a lot of time in what should have been the prime years of his career rehabbing.
The talent was there for Richards, but he couldn’t stay on the bump. In 2017 with the Angels, Richards posted an ERA of 2.28 and 0.90 WHIP before having to sit down after six starts. The same happened the previous season, with Richards posting a 2.34 ERA and 1.33 WHIP before suffering an injury through six outings. He spent his last two years with the Padres, with a 8.31 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in three starts in 2019, and then a 4.03 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 14 appearances last year.
Richards is looking for a new start on the east coast with the Red Sox. For the first time in his career, he’s not pitching for a team in California. He didn’t get off to a promising start in spring training, as Richards recorded an ERA of 5.93 and 1.61 WHIP in 13.2 innings. Note that Richards was unable to flick a switch and turn it on for his regular season debut. The Orioles pummeled Richards for 7 hits and 6 earned runs through 2 innings. They were hitting .538 against Richards before he was wisely pulled out of the game.
I don’t know how much help Richards can provide in this one, as he hasn’t shown good form in a long time. However, the Red Sox should be able to get to Bruce Zimmermann. Zimmermann was shaky in his first work as a major league last season. He yielded a 7.71 ERA with 6 hits and 6 earned runs allowed across 7 innings. Zimmermann gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs for a 4.50 ERA versus the Red Sox in his season opener. The Red Sox have been seeing the ball a lot better recently than they were then. We should see at least 10 runs on the board in this contest.