The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles meet for an afternoon matinee at Camden Yards. The Orioles want to stop the bleeding, but they’re going to have it tough against the Red Sox again on Wednesday. Baltimore ate another loss yesterday, bringing their losing streak to five games. They’ve also lost 12 of their last 14 games, and 5-16 in their previous 21 games. There have been a lot of bad teams in 2018 and the Orioles are part of that equation. The O’s have been one of the coldest teams in baseball and head into Wednesday with a record of 19-47. That’s dead last in the major leagues.
It is getting fairly embarrassing at this point for Adam Jones and Manny Machado who would be better served getting a trade. There are plenty of rumors that Machado will be dealt before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Jones is 32 years old and I have to assume would like to play on a winning team in later stages of his career.
There are teams out there that are in a position to win that would gladly take either. The O’s are going to lose with or without them, so why not send them packing and get something out of it. Jones would have to approve the deal due to the fact he has more than ten years of experience in the majors, as well as more than five with the Orioles. Machado is slated to be a free agent so moving him becomes a no-brainer for Baltimore.
Could the Red Sox be a landing spot? Maybe, but you never really know which heavyweight is going to want to take on sizable contracts. The Red Sox really like Rafael Devers also, so that could block the Machado deal from ever happening. With the win last night, the Red Sox went to 46-22 on the year. Things are looking up, but the Orioles are not the Astros or Yankees. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Orioles pick on Wednesday afternoon on the bases.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Chris Sale (5-4, 2.83 ERA) vs. Yefry Ramirez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Chris Sale will fire up the arm on Wednesday and look to keep it going after a nice outing against the White Sox. He didn’t perform at an elite level against the Braves and Astros, allowing 6 and 4 runs. Like good pitchers do, he bounced back to give up just 1 run in his next start. That was against the White Sox, an abysmal offense, but he was faces another anemic offense today.
This should be a good opportunity for him to bring his numbers up. It’s like an easy test to raise the GPA. Sale enters with an ERA of 2.83, so he has been solid regardless. He enters with a 2.68 ERA and 0.86 WHIP on the road. The Orioles are hitting .226 against Sale in 155 at-bats.
The O’s are averaging just 3.52 runs per game, which puts them a shade above the last place Marlins at 30th. In their last ten games, they’ve managed just 2 runs per game. Conversely, the Red Sox are 2nd in the majors with 5.21 runs scored per game. So, the Orioles have to deal with trying to figure Sale out, and then worry about how Yefry Ramirez is going to hold up against the Red Sox. Ramirez is replacing Andrew Cashner who was supposed to go in this spot, but was recently placed on the DL.
Ramirez is making his first ever appearance in the major leagues. Credit him for making it to this level, but the Orioles would rather not have him starting here, nor would they want Cashner, who hasn’t been good. Ramirez has posted a 4.33 ERA in AAA ball. Now he must try to tackle the 2nd best offense in baseball. On top of that, Ramirez is going to need help from a bad offense up against Chris Sale. I don’t know about that. I would lay the -1.5 and take the Red Sox on the run-line in this one.