Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (66-52) go up against David Price (10-8, 4.29 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (66-52) in the second of a two-game division series at Camden Yards. The Red Sox won the last game 5-3, extending a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and will air on MAS2, NESN and ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Tillman pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out four in a 9-6 victory over the Athletics. The Red Sox were also victorious the last time Price pitched. He went 8.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 9-4 victory over the Diamondbacks. Mookie Betts (.315, 93 Rs, 28 HRs, 89 RBIs, 18 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and five RBIs.
Baltimore is a -103 underdog in this game, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Orioles have a 22-30 record and overall money line at +1,366. They have a SU record of 26-19 against teams in their division and a 14-14 record when they were the underdog in those games. The Orioles come into the game with the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. The Orioles lead the majors in home runs with 176.
On the other side, the Red Sox have a record of 48-37 when they are favored and are -351 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the favorite recently. They managed a 5-2 record when playing as the favorite and a SU record of 6-4. The Red Sox are the number one overall scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game so far. The top hitting team in the AL are the Red Sox, who average 10.0 hits per game. Boston has an eye for the strike zone, ranking third in the AL with 3.4 walks per game.
The Orioles have mostly come out on top against the Red Sox in their previous 11 games this season, earning a 6-5 record. This game will feature Price (LHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 17-15 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Tillman will take the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 51-39 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
The Orioles hold a 26-20 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Red Sox's record in these matchups is 23-22.
The Orioles managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are coming in with a 12-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 7-32. The Orioles have a 17-39 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Baltimore has hit 176 this season. Boston ranks 10th with 152 home runs.
Boston tops the league in hits with 10.01 per game this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.03.
Boston tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .819 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .768.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 38-43, well-matched with the Orioles who are 38-40 when allowing at least one homer.