MLB Betting Odds and Predictions: Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Boston Red Sox (41-28) and Baltimore Orioles (39-29) will continue a four-game American League East series Saturday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.

Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are just 1.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings
The Baltimore Orioles are just 1.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings

Boston fell to 2-3 on its current seven-game road trip, as it suffered a 2-0 setback to Baltimore as +102 underdogs Friday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  The Red Sox are now just 1.5 games ahead of the Orioles in the division standings, as the offense was just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  The club has dropped seven of its last eight games in this series dating back to last season, including the last five at this ballpark.  Boston is 6-4 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the OVER cashing in six of those 10 opportunities.

Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (3-5, 3.14 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 10-8 road win over the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, as he allowed four runs and 10 hits over 5.2 frames.  The right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.88 ERA in six road outings, surrendering seven home runs in 31.1 combined innings.  In 19 career games versus the Orioles, Lackey has compiled a 11-4 record and 3.35 ERA.

Baltimore has won five of its last six games, with the UNDER going 4-2 in that span.  “I think it’s still a little early to look at the standings,” commented Orioles first baseman Chris Davis.  The Orioles continue to get a ton of production out of rookie third baseman Manny Machado, who leads the majors in hits and doubles, and has a season-long 12-game hitting streak.  Baltimore is 9-3 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 7-4-1 in that situation.

Orioles starting pitcher Freddy Garcia (3-3, 4.47 ERA) has won three of his last four efforts, including a 4-3 home victory over the Los Angeles Angels last time out, as he allowed two runs and six hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.64 ERA in five home outings, issuing six walks and striking out 15 batters in 29.2 combined innings.  In 25 career games (22 starts) versus the Red Sox, Garcia has tallied a 10-4 record and 4.51 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Orioles due to their 8-2 record at home versus right-handed starters, while the Red Sox are 2-5 in Lackey’s last seven efforts as a favorite of -110 to -150.

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