In the last of a four-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (29-22) and the Boston Red Sox (32-21) at Camden Yards, Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6, 6.36 ERA) and Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.68 ERA) take the mound. The Orioles won the last game 13-9, and Boston leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 2 and will air on MASN and NESN.
In his most recent outing, Jimenez pitched 1.2 innings, allowing six runs (three unearned), striking out one and walking three in an 11-4 loss to the Indians. Mark Trumbo (.284, 29 Rs, 15 HRs, 39 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. The Red Sox were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 10-9 the last time Porcello pitched. He went 6.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out five and walking one. David Ortiz (.339, 27 Rs, 15 HRs, 48 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Red Sox -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Orioles hold a 10-7 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Red Sox's record in these matchups is 13-12.
The Orioles managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are coming in with a 14-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 2-13. The Orioles have a 9-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Baltimore ranks seventh with 69 homers and Boston is sixth with 70.
Boston tops the league in hits with 10.57 per game this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 with 8.82.
Boston tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .858 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .764.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 19-16, well-matched with the Orioles who are 19-15 when allowing at least one homer.