The Baltimore Orioles haven’t had a pretty relationship with the Red Sox lately. Dating back to last year, the Red Sox have gone 9-1 over the Orioles in their last ten meetings. The Orioles have been a doormat for pretty well everyone in the majors over the last year or two, but especially the Red Sox. It goes without saying that the O’s are not ready to compete in the AL East. It’s a two-team race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The Blue Jays, Rays, and Orioles can all forget about it and it’s not even July. The Orioles are a 19-45 baseball club, so let’s not even go there with them.
Baltimore are fresh off a blowout loss to the Blue Jays by a score of 13-3. It was a sweep for the Jays, after the Mets took two of two off the Orioles as well. They are the gift that keeps on giving to the rest of the league. Offensively they couldn’t hit a beach ball at the plate right now, and the pitching isn’t good enough to carry the load.
The rotation has been starting to pick it up for the O’s, but the wins are still hard to find. They’ve mostly gotten some good starts in the last ten games and the offense did not respond equally. Other than getting bombed yesterday, they’ve done a reasonable job. It starts to get frustrating for pitchers when they feel Dylan Bundy who was expected to take on a bigger role in 2018 will get the start for the O’s this evening. Knuckleballer Steven Wright will counter for the Red Sox. Get our free Red Sox vs. Orioles pick below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Steven Wright (2-0, 1.57 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (4-7, 4.04 ERA)
Steven Wright was all over the place in 2017 as a starter, which got him a demotion to the bullpen. However, his injury may have been why he was wild in 2017. Wright appeared in just five games and finished with an ERA of 8.25. He started 2018 off in the bullpen, but thanks to strong outings, Wright was promoted back to the rotation recently. He’s only had one start this season, but he was dazzling against the Tigers, allowing just 2 hits and 0 runs in 7 innings.
Combined with his work in the bullpen, Wright hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings. In seven appearances this year, he’s given up a run in just 2 of them. Wright was a potent weapon in 2016, his last full season, with a 3.33 ERA. It appears he’s back on track, but we’ll see how he holds up. All indications thus far is that he will. When a knuckleball is dancing it can be impossible to hit. When it isn’t, it’s like tossing up BP balls. Note that the Red Sox bullpen is 5th in the majors and are still playing well without Wright. The Orioles are averaging just 3.59 runs per game for 30th in the majors.
Bundy must keep the ball down tonight. The Red Sox have hit 9 deep balls again him in 187 at-bats. Mookie Betts has already swatted 3 in just 25 appearances against Bundy. Overall they’re hitting .294 against him. The last time he faced the Red Sox he took a 6-3 loss in May. Bundy is coming off a sharp outing vs the Mets, but it’s the Mets, one of the worst offenses in baseball. He’s also been worse at home, posting a 4.78 ERA compared to 3.32 on the road. After a stinker against the White Sox yesterday, I like to believe Boston comes back hard in Baltimore.