AL East Rivals Collide again
The Baltimore Orioles had been charging up the standings but have hit the skids in their latest two outings. Not only did they drop back-to-back games, but their offense has gone cold with just three runs in those outings.
The Boston Red Sox are currently 14 games back in the American League East, sitting in last place. They are 2.5 games behind the Orioles entering Friday’s series opener.
The Red Sox had been playing well but saw their three-game winning streak halted by an 8-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They flopped as a big favorite in the sportsbook.
Can they rebound versus the MLB betting odds on Friday?
Crawford Starting for Red Sox
Boston wasn’t expecting to get crushed on Thursday against the lowly Pirates. Rafael Devers and J.D. Martinez were a combined 0-for-7 while Josh Winkowski gave up six earned runs in five innings of work.
On Friday, the team is starting Kutter Crawford, who has worked his way to a 3-4 record along with a 4.18 ERA.
Crawford doesn’t have a great track record against Baltimore this season. He pitched against them once earlier in the year in relief work, failing to register an out while allowing two runs.
It’s a small sample size, but it’s worth noting if you’re eyeing the MLB odds.
Lyles Aiming for 10th Win
Baltimore is starting Jordan Lyles, who is 9-9 with a 4.48 ERA. He’s at home in this one and he’s done well in that spot, going 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA. When he’s on the road, he’s far worse as his record jumps to 5-7 and his ERA rises to a whopping 5.85.
Boston is batting .246 so the Red Sox sticks have been doing pretty well. The Red Sox bat .293 against Lyles and that number could go up on Friday.
Lyles has a tendency of getting in trouble with a WHIP of 1.45 per inning. The key for the Red Sox will be to get those timely hits with runners on.
Red Sox vs Orioles Head-to-Head
The Orioles narrowly hold onto the season series lead, winning five of nine.
Red Sox vs Orioles Game Information
- Game: Red Sox (59-60) vs Orioles (61-57)
- Location: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
- Day/Time: Friday, Aug. 19, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Red Sox vs Orioles Live Stream: MLB.tv
Red Sox vs Orioles Betting Lines
|Boston Red Sox
K. Crawford -R
|+1½ -210||-112||8½ -120o||4½ -105o
J. Lyles -R
|-1½ +175||-102||8½ Evu||4½ +110o
Red Sox vs Orioles Prediction
Boston and Baltimore have provided each other with a tough test each time they’ve played. The Orioles might be better primed to get off to a strong start.
Lyles has shown to perform better with home-field advantage, but Boston had been pretty good as of late before their Pirates loss.
They’ve won five out of their last seven games, including that one. It’s tough to roll with a winner , but the Orioles give a little more confidence with their starting pitcher. Go with Baltimore for your MLB picks.