The Boston Red Sox (21-22) and Baltimore Orioles (28-16) will close out a three-game American League East series on Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET
Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
Boston was unable to move its record above .500 for the first time this season, dropping a 4-1 contest to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. The Red Sox came into the contest winners of nine of their last 11 games, outscoring their opponents by a 64-31 margin in that span. There’s no doubt that the clubhouse is focused on gaining a victory in the series finale, which would provide the team a winning 5-3 road trip. Offensively, the club still leads the majors with 174 extra-base hits, including a league-high 116 doubles. Boston is 7-4 on the road when the money line is -100 to -125, with the “over” being 8-3 in that situation.
Red Sox starting pitcher Daniel Bard (3-5, 4.85 ERA) was handed a 6-4 road loss to the Philadelphia Phillies last time out, giving up five runs and three hits over five frames. The right-hander has struggled with his control over the past three outings, issuing 13 walks and striking out just six in 18 combined innings. In 20 career relief appearances versus the Orioles, Bard has registered an 0-2 record and 3.27 ERA, allowing opponents to hit just .228 against him.
Baltimore leads the majors with 67 home runs this year, adding two more to its total in last night’s three-run victory. The Orioles entered the middle game of the series on pace to hit 245 round trippers for the entire season, which would be the second-highest single season total in franchise history. Shortstop J.J. Hardy has contributed to those numbers of late, hitting .305 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in the month of May. Baltimore is 10-3 in day games, with the “over” being 7-5 in that situation.
Orioles starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (2-4, 4.72 ERA) failed to earn a decision in a 2-1 road win over the Washington Nationals last time out, giving up a single run and six hits over seven frames. The right-hander has registered a 1-3 record and 6.44 ERA in five home starts, surrendering six home runs in 29.1 innings. In three career efforts versus the Red Sox, Arrieta is 0-2 with a 5.51 ERA, including an 0-2 mark and 5.56 ERA in two outings a year ago.
Bettors will likely back the Orioles due to their 12-4 mark versus divisional foes, while the Red Sox are 2-8 in the same situation.