AL Betting Matchup of the Week: Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

Things have not gone well for the defending champion Boston Red Sox this season, but they still have some time to turn their series around. The Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles this weekend in a series that must end in a sweep if Boston wants any chance of getting back in the race. The Orioles have been miserable since the All-Star Break and the final six months don't figure to be any better.

The Red Sox enter the week with a record of 62-58 and have lost three of their last five games. Boston has fallen into third place in the American League Wild Card race, and are in danger of losing contact with the leaders. Baltimore enters the week with a record of just 39-78, and they are likely going to end up with the worst record in the American League. The Orioles are just trying to get the season over with, although they have a shot to play the spoiler role. The series finale between these American League East rivals is our American League betting matchup of the week.

Rodriguez Pitching Well For Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have struggled to find consistent starting pitching this season, but Eduardo Rodriguez has been great all season long. Rodriguez will make the start for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, and he should have his way with this Orioles lineup. The left hander is 13-5 with a 4.17 earned run average this season, and has suffered just one loss since the beginning of June.

Boston has still been scoring runs like crazy this season, despite having several of their regulars having a down year. The Red Sox have hit 186 home runs this season, and their team batting average is still an outstanding .273. Rafael Devers is leading the team with a .320 batting average to go along with a team-high 90 runs batted in. Boston should put up some big numbers on offense against the Baltimore Orioles.

Orioles Simply Can't Find Any Offense

The rest of Major League Baseball are putting up monster numbers on offense this season, but that hasn't been the case in Baltimore. The Orioles enter the week with almost 200 less runs than the Boston Red Sox, and they don't have any real sluggers in their offense. Right fielder Trey Mancini leads the team with 27 home runs and 67 runs batted in, but he hasn't gotten much help this season.

Baltimore will have a young right hander on the mound in the series finale, and things have not gone well for Asher Wojciechowski this season. Wojciechowski is just 2-5 with a whopping 4.84 earned run average this season, and should be no match for the Red Sox offense. This Orioles pitching staff should have a rough weekend in Boston.

Red Sox Win Series Finale Over Orioles

If the Boston Red Sox are going to get back into the playoff race then they are going to have to sweep the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. The Red Sox should be huge favorites all weekend long, but their biggest advantage will come on Sunday afternoon. Boston will have their best pitcher on the mound, and he should completely shut down the Orioles offense. Bet the Red Sox over the Orioles in a big way in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.