Craig Breslow (0-3, 4.53 ERA) and Wei-Yin Chen (10-7, 3.36 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (73-80) and the Baltimore Orioles (76-77) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 7-0 and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 26 and can be seen on NESN, MASN and MLBN.
Breslow pitched 1.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs and striking out one in a 5-2 defeat to the Rays. David Ortiz (.270, 70 Rs, 36 HRs, 104 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and three RBIs. Chen went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out seven in a 2-1 win over the Rays in his last outing.
The odds for Boston and Baltimore are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Boston has a record of 29-40 SU.
The Orioles are 34-32 against fellow AL East members. The Orioles allow 4.2 runs per game, but does worse whenever another team from the AL East Division is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 4.7 against division foes.
The Orioles lead the season series, 11-6. The Red Sox have a 20-23 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Chen takes the mound. Breslow (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 22-20 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bos
The Red Sox hold a 30-40 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Orioles' record in these matchups is 34-33.
Boston has won 47% (35-39) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Baltimore has won 54% (28-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Red Sox have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 56-13. The Red Sox have a 58-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 10th in runs, Baltimore has earned 672 this season. Boston ranks third with 710 runs.
Ranking 25th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 387 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 14th with 452.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 55-44. When the Orioles hit at least one homer, they have a 65-41 record.