Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup that will be nationally televised on ESPN, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Falling into a pattern
Baltimore has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 13-2 defeat to the Red Sox as +113 road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total for a third time in four contests.
The Orioles are 9-5 as road underdogs of +125 to +150, with the OVER going 11-3 in that situation.
Sitting at the top
Boston owns a 2.5-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the division standings, with the starting rotation leading the charge over the last 13 contests—compiling a 2.75 ERA over that span.
The Red Sox are 10-8 as home favorites of -150 to -175 during the 2013 campaign, with the OVER cashing in 10 of those opportunities.
Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (9-10, 4.22 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back victories, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 9-7 home win over the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed seven runs and nine hits over 4.2 frames.
The right-hander is 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 11 road appearances (10 starts), with opposing hitters batting .298 against him.
In two career outings versus the Red Sox, Norris has tallied a 0-1 record and 5.25 ERA, including a 6-1 road loss as a member of the Houston Astros on April 28.
Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (8-11, 3.17 ERA) has been handed a loss in three of his last four trips to the mound, including a 2-0 road defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed two runs and three hits over eight innings of work.
The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.07 ERA in nine home efforts, issuing 11 walks and striking out 57 batters in 61 combined frames.
In 14 career games versus the Orioles, Lackey has produced a 12-5 record and 3.48 ERA.
When it comes to placing their sports picks, I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox, as the home team is 11-5 in umpire Marvin Hudson’s last 16 games behind home plate.
MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -165