The Sox and O's throw a pair of youngsters on the back half at the Yards in Baltimore. Young Mike Wright owns two impressive starts so far, but are he and the Orioles favored too much by the MLB odds makers?
Game 2 Betting Odds
In the early MLB odds, Baltimore and rookie Mike Wright were favored by around -150 over Chicago and Chris Beck, with a total of eight runs. The Orioles could also be bet at around +135 giving the run and a half on the run line.
Game 2 Starters
Wright, a 6-6 righty, is two-for-two on quality starts in his very short ML career. In his Big League debut 11 days ago he held the Angels scoreless on four hits through 7 1/3 innings, with zero walks and six strikeouts, and last Saturday he threw seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball against Miami. Baltimore won his first start 3-0, but lost his second start 1-0 in 13 innings.
Wright, a third-round pick in the 2011 draft, is 32-21 with a 3.99 ERA in parts of five Minor League seasons. Last year at Triple-A Norfolk he went 5-11/4.62, but this spring he was 3-0/2.64, with a 30/9 K/BB ratio in 31 innings of work.
Beck, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft, will be making his ML debut Thursday. Not exactly small himself, listed at 6-3/225, Beck is 26-26 with a 3.45 ERA in parts of four Minor League seasons. He's got some size, but he's not a strikeout pitcher, with 233 whiffs in 383 Minor League innings. However, he also doesn't hurt himself with walks, and he keeps the ball in the park; in parts of two seasons at Triple-A Charlotte he walked 24 in 80 innings, while allowing just four gopher balls.
Game 2 Batting Splits
Heading into Thursday Chicago ranked 20th in the Majors with a .686 team OPS against right-handed pitching this season.
Baltimore ranked 11th against righties with a .732 OPS.
Game 2 Free Picks
The line on this game is skewed toward Baltimore because of what Wright has done in his first two ML starts. The value here resides with the Sox. Also, neither lineup has faced either starting pitcher before, so we give the edge to Wright and Beck for at least the first couple of times through the lineup. That's why we're thinking UNDER for our MLB picks.