Joe Kelly (1-0, 1.29 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (6-3) meet Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (5-4) in the first of a four-game division series at Fenway Park. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 17 and will air on MASN, NESN and MLB Network.
In his most recent outing, Kelly pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking two in an 8-4 victory over the Yankees. Hanley Ramirez (.278 ) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. In his career against the Red Sox, Jimenez is 1-3 with a 9.37 ERA, 2.02 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts. Jonathan Schoop (.292 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season, going 2 for 3 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Red Sox come into the game with the second-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 6.2 runs per game. The Red Sox typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 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.
Against divisional rivals, the Orioles are 5-4 SU.
The Red Sox will take on a right-hander (Jimenez) in this game and have a 5-2 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Kelly will take the mound against the Orioles, who have a 4-3 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Red Sox hold a 2-1 record in matchups against AL East rivals, while the Orioles currently sit at 5-4 in these games.
In extra innings, the Red Sox are 1-0.
The Orioles managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are heading in with a 5-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 4-1. The Red Sox have a 6-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 56 this season. Baltimore ranks sixth with 47 runs.
Ranking 15th, Baltimore is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 26 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 41.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 4-2, well-matched with the Orioles who are 5-3 when hitting one or more homers.