In the second of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (7-10) and the Boston Red Sox (7-10) at Camden Yards, Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 3.07 ERA) and Justin Masterson (2-0, 5.74 ERA) get the start. The Orioles lost the last game 7-5, extending a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and will air on NESN and MASN2.
Chen has a 3.97 ERA and a 5-4 record in his career against the Red Sox, and faces a struggling Boston offense that's hitting just .234 on the year. Adam Jones (.413, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Orioles, Masterson is 7-6 with a 5.28 ERA. He meets a strong Baltimore offense that's batting .270. Hanley Ramirez (.274, 11 Rs, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Red Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Baltimore is a small -110 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Orioles have a 4-4 record and overall money line at -183. They have a 7-9 record SU and are 4-4 as favorite within their division.
Switching gears, the Red Sox come into this game with a solid win percentage of .667 when playing as the underdog (4-2) and an overall money line of +53. Against fellow AL East members, they are 5-5 SU and 3-2 as the underdog. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. Boston has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an AL-best 4.4 walks per game. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 8.6 strikeouts per game.
The Red Sox are 3-2 against the Orioles this season. This game will feature Masterson (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 6-7 record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
The Orioles are 7-10 against their divisional rivals, while the Red Sox are 6-5 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Boston is 4-3, while Baltimore is 2-4.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 3-1 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 0-7. The Red Sox have a 1-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Baltimore has hit 24 this season. Boston ranks eighth with 18 home runs.
Ranking ninth, Boston is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.13 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.88.
Ranking 15th, Boston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.681). Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .789.
The Red Sox are 5-6 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Orioles are 4-7 when they allow at least one homer.