MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles – Sunday, August 18, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 1:05 AM
Where: Fenway Park in Boston, MA.
Money Line: Boston Red Sox -320
Betting Total: TBD
The Boston Red Sox will be looking for a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles Sunday as the two teams wrap up their three-game weekend series at Fenway Park.
The moneyline on this game is Boston -320.
There is no posted total as of the date and time of this publication. Please use own judgement with the total in this game.
Orioles Trying to Gain Any Momentum They Can
The Baltimore Orioles come into play Sunday after losing the first two games of the series 9-1 and 4-0. They have lost 11 of their last 12 games and sit in last place of the American League East with a 39-84 record. They will send lefthander Ty Blach to the mound to try to salvage a game.
Blach was claimed off waivers earlier this month by Baltimore from the San Francisco Giants. He will be making his second start, his first coming Monday when he faced the New York Yankees and allowed seven runs over four innings. This will be Blach’s first time facing the Red Sox.
The Orioles offense has some bright spots. Second baseman Hanser Alberto is hitting .318 on the season, good for fourth in the American League. Right fielder Trey Mancini, who many thought might get traded at the deadline, is hitting .271 with 27 home runs and 71 RBI for a Baltimore team that is 11th in the American League in hitting with a .244 team batting average.
Red Sox Looking for Sweep
The Boston Red Sox enter play looking to sweep the Orioles. They currently sit at 66-59, 17 games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East, and 6.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card race.
They will turn to Nathan Eovaldi to make his first start of the season. Eovaldi had surgery on his elbow and has made 11 relief appearances since his return on July 22. He is 1-0 with a 5.77 ERA on the season. He is starting because the Red Sox have a need in the rotation after it was announced that Chris Sale will be headed to the injured list with an inflamed elbow.
His season may be over and Andrew Cashner has been ineffective. Enter Eovaldi who has started before in his career. In fact, he has started seven times against Baltimore in his career, going 3-0 with a 4.67 ERA.
The Red Sox offense has been led by third baseman Rafael Devers as of late. Devers is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak and has hit three home runs and driven in 10 this weekend alone. On the season, Devers is hitting .327 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI.
Devers’ 97 RBI leads the American League. Designated hitter JD Martinez is hitting .307 with 28 home runs and 73 RBI. The Red Sox lead the American League in hitting with a .276 team batting average.
If the Red Sox are going to compete for a wild card spot, their starting pitching is going to have to be better. Eovaldi has a fresh arm and hopes to contribute to the team’s success down the stretch. I think he is going to get off to a good start in the rotation by beating Baltimore Sunday. Take the Sox in this one.