AL East Rivals Play for Little Leaguers
The Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles will play the final game of their three-game series not at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but in Williamsport, PA for the Little League Classic.
This will be the fifth installment of the game that is played near the site of the Little League World Series, which will crown a champion on August 28.
“I know the kids are going to be excited to meet some big leaguers,” Red Sox third baseman and former little leaguer Rafael Devers told the media. “I know when I was a kid, I would have loved to be able to meet a big leaguer and to be able to share time with them. I think it is going to be a great opportunity.”
Kremer Tries To Beat Red Sox for the First Time
One of the Orioles’ young pitchers – Dean Kremer – is enjoying a nice bounce-back year after going 0-7 with a 7.55 ERA in 13 starts last season. Kremer has already made the same number of starts this season, but is a much more palatable 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA
The right-hander’s strikeouts are up and his walks and home runs allowed are down from a season ago. The 26-year-old beat the Toronto Bluejays with seven strong innings in his last start, but the start prior to that came against the Red Sox, who got him for six hits and four earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. In three career starts against Boston, Kremer is 0-3 with 18 hits and 14 earned runs allowed in 12.4 innings.
The former 14th-round draft pick has allowed right-handed hitters to bat .305 with 16 extra-base hits and the Red Sox possess a bevy of righties, including Christian Arroyo, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, Tommy Pham, and Rob Refsnyder.
Arroyo Drawing Praise
Arroyo has been so hot the last 24 games, his manager Alex Cora has started to call him Cal Ripken.
Arroyo had his second straight three-hit game and his third in the last four contests as the Red Sox outlasted the Orioles 4-3 Saturday. Arroyo, whose RBI-double in the ninth inning provided the winning run, is 32 for 86 (.372) with 12 runs scored, six doubles, six walks and eight RBI since July 3.
“Right now, I’ll be calling him ‘Cal Ripken.’ Just keep going kid,” Cora told the media of Arroyo, who has posted career-highs in at-bats, hits, runs scored, and walks so far this season, his sixth in the majors and third with Boston.
The Red Sox were without another hot bat in Saturday’s win as the outfielder Pham sat out after leaving Friday’s game with lower back tightness, but Cora relayed that “He might push to play. We’ll see how he feels.”
Red Sox vs Orioles Head-to-Head
The win Saturday by the Red Sox brought them to within one game of .500 on the season and evening the season series, which currently stands 6-5 in favor of the Orioles.
Red Sox vs Orioles Game Information
- Game: Red Sox (60-61) vs Orioles (62-58)
- Location: Muncy Bank Ballpark, Williamsport, PA
- Day/Time: Sunday, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Red Sox vs Orioles Betting Lines
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Red Sox vs Orioles Prediction
Nick Pivetta will pitch for the Red Sox and the right-hander has had success against the Orioles in his career with a 7-2 record and 3.58 ERA to go along with 64 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.
The Red Sox were a loser against the run line Saturday, but the pitching matchup suggests giving them another chance in this spot. How the neutral ballpark will play is a factor that must be considered when placing bets. The first four Little League Classics have averaged 7.5 total runs with an average margin of victory of 3.75 runs. Tread lightly when betting the over/under.