The bottom of the AL East takes the stage in Baltimore for a meeting between the Red Sox and Orioles. The Orioles were coming off a year where they upset the Detroit Tigers in the postseason and were looking to build off a pretty successful run. However, the only thing that is going to be memorable about the Orioles this season is the fact that they played a game in front of no fans. As a result of the riots in Baltimore, they played a game at Camden Yards with nobody in the seats. To be honest, that is about the only part of the Orioles season that I can really recall. They’ve had their moments, but their chances of acquiring a wildcard spot are looking really dim. Barring some kind of collapse elsewhere, and the Orioles get hot, they will be on vacation soon. It’s not the way you want to do for an encore after going to the playoffs in the previous year. The O’s have some work to do, mainly finding some arms to get in their rotation. They have a lot of pitchers that would look great in the middle of the rotation for most teams, but none that the Orioles are able to get a lockdown performance from.
The Red Sox are quite the difficult team to figure out year-to-year. One year it’s World Series potential and then the next they are last in their division. This year the Red Sox are looking far from behind and don’t have a shot at doing much with such little time left in the season. They started off the year really bad and were never really able to regain their footing. If the Red Sox pattern is true, they should have a good team next season. But with David Ortiz getting older, I’m not so confident in the Red Sox being a great team. However, if they do make the right moves in the offseason, they could be. They’re not that far off. Yesterday was the first week of the NFL season, which I made some good money from. But back to baseball today where I look to do the same.
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
Eduardo Rodriguez (9-5, 4.05 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.43 ERA)
The reason for the Red Sox being so bad early in the season was their anemic offense. They just couldn’t get anything going. Ortiz was in a serious slump and the rest of the team couldn’t respond. Now they found their groove offensively, but it was too late at that point, and their pitching wasn’t strong enough to keep them upright. In their last ten games the Red Sox have scored more than 5 runs in half. They’ve averaged 6.6 runs over that ten game stretch. There are still some players on the Red Sox roster playing hard despite being out of it. They are hitting at an average of .264 which is pretty strong.
Kevin Gausman for the Orioles has been in trouble lately and may present a nice opportunity for the Red Sox to do damage. Gausman posts a 5.14 ERA in his last three efforts, including a poor 1.93 WHIP and .403 OBA. He is looking for his first win since August 1st tonight. The O’s have been swinging the bats considerably well lately as well, yielding an average of 5.7 runs per game over their last ten games. However, allowing an average of 6.8 runs isn’t going to get it done. You find tired bullpens this time of year, and that is what we’re seeing in Baltimore. Small card today, I don’t love anything. I’d play this one small, but I do like the OVER 8.5 in Baltimore between the Red Sox and Orioles.
PICK: OVER 8.5 RUNS (-110)