The Boston Red Sox have had some difficulties to start the season, but they’ve been showing signs of waking up recently. The offense looked like it was in a coma for much of April and only have been putting their foot down of late. There is too much talent on this roster for the offense to be boggled up at the plate for so long.
They are going to get hot and put some fear into the rest of the AL East. The Rays are the surprising leaders at the moment, as they lead the division, just ahead of the Yankees and the Red Sox trailing in 5th. It’s a wide-open race and I wouldn’t count any of those three teams out of the picture.
Out are the Blue Jays and Orioles, though. We could have counted them out before the season started, as both are in the midst of a rebuilding phase. The Orioles applied the hammer to the nail to announce their rebuilding plans when they traded Manny Machado to the Dodgers last season.
The Dodgers went to the World Series with Machado, but failed to win the championship, so it was a bust for them. Not a bad move for the O’s, as they were going nowhere with or without Machado. However, they’re going to have to accept the growing pains that come along with it.
The Red Sox are expected to win again. They have a team built to be competitive for the next few years. A lot of their core at the plate is still young, so offensively they will be fine. They have to get better from the bullpen, as they lost some pieces in the offseason. It’s showed thus far, but everyone has been playing better lately. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Orioles pick.
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Like the rest of the team, the Red Sox are getting more production out of David Price. A slow start like most of his teammates has turned into some pretty nice results. Price had his last outing on the 2nd against the White Sox and was decent with 3 runs allowed in 6 innings. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since giving up 4 to the Diamondbacks back in early April, which was five starts ago.
All it can take is one good showing to get the ball rolling and it appeared to happen for Price after he allowed just 3 hits and no runs against this Orioles team on April 14th. He also struck out 7 batters and yielded no walks against the O’s the first time around in 2019.
Price has typically been solid against this lineup. Baltimore are hitting .228 in 162 at-bats against Price. He should be able to have a quality evening against the Orioles at Camden Yards here.
If he doesn’t, he may still be able to get a run out of it against David Hess. If past success is any indicator, the Red Sox are going to maul Hess in this performance. The Red Sox are hitting a whopping .436 with an OBP of .467 against Hess in 55 at-bats.
Boston have been swinging the bats better recently and it’s difficult to see Hess slowing them down in Baltimore on Tuesday. The bullpen shouldn’t be able to provide much relief if Hess gets hit badly early. The O’s are 29th in the major leagues with an ERA of 6.11 in 141.1 innings. Their bullpen has pitched the third most innings of any pen in the majors this season. Go with the Red Sox to take care of the Orioles by at least a couple of runs on Tuesday evening in Baltimore. Note that Hector Velasquez is getting the start as a result of Price heading to the IL. The play still stands.
*Hector Velasquez has replaced David Price.