Clay Buchholz (1-1, 7.84 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (7-3) meet Chris Tillman (1-1, 7.71 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (5-5) in the second of a four-game division series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 3-2 and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and will air on FS1, MASN2 and NESN.
Buchholz has a 3.86 ERA and a 9-4 record in his career against the Orioles, and is up against a strong Baltimore offense that's hitting .259 on the year. Xander Bogaerts (.395, 7 Rs, 8 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Red Sox, Tillman is 7-3 with a 2.69 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 34 walks. Adam Jones (.389, 10 Rs, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Boston is a -135 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Red Sox have a 3-2 record and overall money line at +251. The Red Sox have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 6.2 runs per game. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 4.6 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, an area where the Red Sox are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.9 K's per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Orioles come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (1-1) and an overall money line of +69. Against divisional rivals, they are 5-4 SU and 1-1 as the underdog.
The only other game between the two teams went Boston's way. This game will feature Tillman (RHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 5-2 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Buchholz will take the mound against the Orioles, who have a 4-3 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
The Red Sox have a 3-1 record against the AL East Division, while the Orioles have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 5-5.
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 2-1, while Boston is 3-2.
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 2-5 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 0-3. The Red Sox have a 1-3 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore tops the league in home runs with 16 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 12.
Boston and Baltimore both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Boston sits at fourth with 9.89 hits per game and Baltimore ranks fifth with 8.89.
Boston and Baltimore both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Boston sits at 10th with an OPS of .714 and Baltimore ranks sixth with an OPS of .782.
The Orioles are 3-3 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 4-3 when they allow at least one homer.