May is in the rear-view mirror, and the June schedule kicks off on Thursday. We concluded May on a positive note, cashing a ticket in the Rockies-Mariners game last night. The Rockies seem to just want to go home, as they have struggled mightily in Seattle. Colorado will look to avoid a sweep this afternoon.
We leave Seattle behind, though, and head to Baltimore where the Red Sox and Orioles get things started on Thursday. The Red Sox are coming off a productive series against the White Sox, including a 13-7 and 4-1 wins over the last two days. Don’t look now, but the Red Sox have gone 8-2 in their last ten games.
The Red Sox own a record of 29-23, one game shy of the 30 win mark with their win yesterday. Boston was able to escape a miss by Chris Sale, as he got brutalized but the Red Sox offense laid in to the White Sox pitching to put 13 runs up on the board the other night.
We were able to cash a ticket in that one, but it wasn’t exactly how we wrote it up. Nevertheless, a win is a win and the money is all the same. The Red Sox will turn their attention on the Orioles on Thursday. Every game against a divisional opponent is important. It’s most certainly trust in this series.
The Red Sox currently assume a 1.5 lead on the Orioles, and are 2 games behind the Yankees for 1st in the American League East. It’s going to be an interesting race in this division. What making it more interesting is the Red Sox-Yankees dynamic. If the standings stay relatively the same, we’re going to see an edition of the rivalry that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Another win yesterday on the bases, as we concluded May with a strong record of 20-9-1. We’ll seek to keep it up in June. Get our free Red Sox vs. Orioles pick below at The Sports Geek.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-1, 2.77 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (1-3, 3.02 ERA)
The Red Sox will turn to Eduardo Rodriguez to step up tonight. He’s done a rather fine job of being in command of the mound. Rodriguez holds an impressive ERA of 2.77 and on pace for the best year of his career. Yes, there is a long way to go, and that ERA can easily collapse, but let’s give him credit for what he’s done thus far.
Keep in mind this is only his third-year at the major league level. He posted ERA’s 3.85 and 4.71 the last two seasons. Rodriguez also owns a stellar 1.12 WHIP. In his last three starts, Rodriguez posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Since his opener against the Tigers, he hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a game. The O’s have gone 2-8 in their last ten and seem to be in nosedive mode.
Wade Miley will open for the game for the Orioles, and while he’s been good, he has been showing signs of some slippage lately. Miley holds a 3.02 ERA, but with a 1.51 WHIP it was bound to start to fall back. In his last three starts, he’s posted an ERA of 4.24 with a 1.76 WHIP. His ERA is strong at home, but again, the WHIP is too high with a 1.42. That will eventually catch up to him. The Red Sox are heating up, and I think it’s going to be difficult for the rest of the league to slow them down. Give me the Red Sox on Thursday.
PICK: RED SOX (-120)