MLB Picks: Bet Red Sox -165 vs. Orioles Wednesday

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:29 AM GMT

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 11:29 AM GMT

The Boston Red Sox will look to extend their division lead Wednesday, as they prepare to take on the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Where have we decided to place our MLB picks in this AL East battle?

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.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

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. 

Norris 

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. 

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Lackey

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.

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Prediction 

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

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