MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles – Friday, June 14, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7:05 AM
Where: Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD
Money Line: Boston Red Sox -195
Betting Total: 9.5
The Boston Red Sox enter this game with a record of 36-34 and have lost three of their last five games and are coming off a 2-2 series tie at home against the Texas Rangers that concluded on Thursday with a 7-6 win.
The Baltimore Orioles enter this game with a record of 21-47 and have lost three of their last five games including a 2-1 series loss at home against the Toronto Blue Jays that concluded on Thursday with a 12-3 loss.
The Boston Red Sox are listed as -195 moneyline favorites over the Baltimore Orioles.
Still A Struggle
The Baltimore Orioles remain one of the worst teams in MLB and are still multiple years from being a competitive team again. Baltimore is 9-25 at home and 19-45 as an underdog this season.
The Orioles will send Dan Straily to the mound for game one of the series. Straily is 2-4 on the season with a 7.98 ERA while striking out 27 over 44 innings pitched.
Renato Nunez leads the team in home runs and RBI with 16 home runs and 37 RBI. Trey Mancini leads the team in runs with 47. Baltimore is averaging 4.04 runs per game, which ranks 25th in MLB. The Orioles are allowing an average of 5.90 runs per game, which ranks 29th in MLB.
Trying To Be Consistent
The defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox continue to struggle with consistency this season and playing in the same division as the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays doesn’t make me hopeful for them to get back into the division race. Boston is 19-17 on the road and 33-27 as a favorite this season.
The Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound for game one of the series. Rodriguez is 6-4 on the season with a 5.00 ERA while striking out 80 over 72 innings pitched. He is also 3-0 in his last three starts against the Orioles while allowing an average of 1.33 runs and striking out an average of 6.33 in those games.
Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland are tied for the team lead in home runs with 13 apiece. Rafael Devers and Bogaerts are tied for the team lead in RBI with 43 apiece. Mookie Betts leads the team in runs with 52. Boston is averaging 5.20 runs per game, which ranks eighth in MLB. The Red Sox are allowing an average of 4.77 runs per game, which ranks 15th in MLB.
Boston Wins Game One
Neither team enters this series hot, but the Red Sox have won two games in a row and are the better overall team in this series, and I fully expect them to win the series easily. Boston is 6-4 in its last 10 matchups with Baltimore while outscoring the Orioles by an average of 5.50 to 4.60 in those games.
The Red Sox are also 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Orioles while outscoring Baltimore by an average of 3.67 to 3.33 in those contests. I look for these trends to continue with a Red Sox win in game one of the series on Friday.