With the first Sunday of football season under our belt, the attention starts to shift back to baseball during the week. Yes, there are a couple of MNF games tonight, but is anyone legitimately excited for the Steelers/Redskins and the Rams/49ers? Fans of the teams and people with money on the game. In my case, I will have money on the Rams and 49ers, which you can find my pick and writeup here at The Sports Geek. However, with the postseason race entering a critical juncture, more of my attention is going to be on baseball Sunday night.
I had my eyes glued to football on Saturday and Sunday, keeping a close eye on things transpiring on the diamond as well. The biggest thing to take away from the weekend? The Red Sox delivered a serious uppercut to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were cruising alone, before the last couple of weeks. The Jays are hobbled, but still very well alive. The Blue Jays have gone 1-6 in their last seven games to push them back to 2 games behind the Red Sox.
With around three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Blue Jays are still within major striking distance. They haven’t been good recently, but they could just as easily heat up over the next three weeks and make their recent struggles a distant memories. That is definitely how baseball works. The Orioles are hanging around as well, which makes this another crucial series for the Red Sox.
They just took two of three away from the Blue Jays, and now the other contender in the American League East is on their back porch. The Yankees of all teams, have thrown their hat into the mix, down by 2 games for a wildcard, and 4 back of the division. Never say never. As it stands now, three teams from the AL East would be in the postseason: Orioles, Blue Jays, and Red Sox.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox
Wade Miley (8-12, 5.49 ERA) vs. David Price (15-8, 3.87 ERA)
David Price didn’t get off to the best of starts in a Red Sox uniform, it was well documented. Price has since settled down and come into his game. No, his arm is not dead, as we have come to find out, and he hasn’t had any injuries to report. It may have just been a case of getting comfortable with his new team and needed to get acclimated around Fenway Park. Price has found his rhythm at just the right moment. We aren’t seeing the flair-ups that he was having earlier in the season. In any event, this is baseball, it’s a marathon and long season. Price hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs since August 12th against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has allowed 2 runs each of his last three outings, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
Wade Miley spent a year in Boston, yielding an ERA of 4.46 in 2015. His best year in the majors came in 2012 with the D-Backs, where he posted a 3.33 ERA. However, the last two years he’s pitched for an ERA above 4.00, including a 5.49 in 2016. Miley started with the Mariners this season, and since being traded to the Orioles in early August, he’s posted a 7.15 ERA in seven starts. The Red Sox should be pretty familiar with Wiley after he spent time in Boston. He doesn’t present too much of a tricky challenge for the Red Sox, who I believe should be able to get to him and put up another offensive display tonight. Likewise, Price should look like himself tonight in an important game. Boston should get this one by a few runs at Fenway.
PICK: RED SOX -1.5 (-110)