If the Boston Red Sox want to get back in the AL East race, they need to beat up on the terrible Baltimore Orioles, the last place team in the division and arguably the least talented team in the majors. The Red Sox get a chance to do just that starting Friday night as solid MLB betting favorites at Camden Yards.
How to Bet Red Sox vs Orioles MLB Odds & Game Info
- When: Friday, 7:05 PM ET
- Where: Camden Yards
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Eduardo Rodriguez/Andrew Cashner
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: 105.7 The Fan
- MLB Odds: Boston Red Sox -185 (Total 9.5)
Why Bet on Boston?
Boston is without first baseman Mitch Moreland with a right quad strain. He lasted one day after being activated from the injured list last Friday. He had missed two weeks with a lower back strain. Moreland has been doing some running on the treadmill and may miss the minimum 10 days.
Utility man Steve Pearce started swinging a bat on Wednesday. Pearce worked out Monday for the first time since landing on the injured list June 1 with a lower back strain and reported feeling good when he returned to Fenway Park. He should be activated within the next week or so. Reliever Brian Johnson (elbow) is likely to be activated from the injured list this week. Johnson pitched four innings of one-run ball in his latest rehab outing at Triple-A Pawtucket.
The team has placed fellow reliever Ryan Brasier on the bereavement/family medical emergency list. Brasier, 31, has made 31 appearances for the Red Sox this season, posting a 3.77 ERA (12 ER/28.2 IP) and a 1.08 WHIP while holding opponents to a .217 batting average. Since his debut with the Sox last July 9, among American League relievers who have thrown at least 50.0 innings in that time, Brasier ranks 10th in ERA (2.60) and tied for 11th in opponent batting average (.194).
Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi is warming up after a slow start. In Wednesday’s win over Texas, Benintendi went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI. Benintendi tripled in Jackie Bradley Jr. in the third and picked up another RBI when he doubled home Michael Chavis two innings later. He’s hitting .327 since late May.
“I feel like it’s coming,” Benintendi said. “It’s been a grind for pretty much the whole year trying to find my swing again. I think I’ve been talking to a lot of guys, and I think we found something the last few days which I’m going to try to keep working on. So I feel like I’m barreling up more consistently the last few days. Just go from there.”
Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez allowed four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks while taking a loss against the Rays on Sunday. The southpaw went five straight starts in late April and early May without giving up a homer, but he’s allowed five in his last four starts. Rodriguez tossed up two more long balls Sunday. With 80 strikeouts in 72 innings, Rodriguez is strong there but while he is 6-4, Rodriguez owns a 5.00 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Those aren’t great.
- Runs: 5.23
- Hits: 8.93
- Walks: 3.91
- Strike Outs: 8.37
- Runs: 4.79
- Hits: 8.23
- Walks: 3.26
- Strike Outs: 10.00
Why Bet on Baltimore?
Designated hitter Mark Trumbo hasn’t played yet this season off knee surgery but could be activated off the injured list over the weekend, though he might return as a part-time player with Renato Nunez locked in as the O’s DH.
Left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. felt good Tuesday after getting in a light workout. Smith could be activated off the 7-day concussion injured list when first eligible later this week. The 26-year-old outfielder has tallied 11 home runs, 41 RBI, four stolen bases, and 31 runs scored through 59 games this season.
The Orioles have said that starting pitcher Alex Cobb will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a hip impingement. Cobb landed on the injured list in late April with a lumbar strain, but it’s his hip that is the bigger issue. The veteran right-hander made just three starts for the Orioles this season and allowed 15 earned runs over 12 1/3 innings.
Infielder Hanser Alberto has hit safely in 17 of his last 24 games, with multi-hit contests in nine of those 17, including in five of his last seven. In 14 games in the leadoff spot, he is hitting .375 with five extra-base hits, seven runs scored, and four RBI. He is hitting .382 since May 20 with five doubles, one home run, five RBI, and 11 runs scored; he leads the AL and is tied for third in the majors in average during this span. Alberto is hitting .425 (34-for-80) against left-handed pitching this season, best in the majors among qualifying hitters. Alberto’s 34 hits off of left-handers lead the AL and rank second in the majors.
Andrew Cashner (6-2, 4.73) was lifted from his start Saturday against the Astros after 87 pitches due to a hot spot on his middle finger. Cashner had been pitching quite well, allowing just a single run in six innings. He struck out just three batters but allowed only one walk and four hits. With the Orioles as sellers ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, Cashner is the lone active player on a one-year deal who could be involved in trade conversations based on his major league performance this year.
- Runs: 4.03
- Hits: 8.16
- Walks: 2.60
- Strike Outs: 8.96
- Runs: 5.99
- Hits: 9.25
- Walks: 3.66
- Strike Outs: 7.68
Red Sox vs Orioles MLB Betting Trends
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings
- Orioles are 2-9 in Cashner’s last 11 home starts vs. a team with a winning record
- Orioles are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Baltimore’s last 15 games this season
- Red Sox are 0-4 in their last 4 Friday games
- Red Sox are 15-2 SU in their last 17 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games against an opponent in the American League
Expert Final Score Prediction for Red Sox vs Orioles
Boston Red Sox 7 – Baltimore Orioles 5