Orioles Fly By Red Sox in Series Finale Sunday

Doug Upstone

Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:49 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 7:49 PM UTC

Boston and Baltimore is a great Eastern rivalry and those betting on baseball who are paying attention saw the highlight of Manny Machado's hard slide into Dustin Pedroia which only fueled the fire.

In the series finale, we have two talented yet unpredictable starting pitchers, which will only add to the intrigue.


Pitching Matchup - Rodriguez vs. Gausman

Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 4.76 ERA) has not started in 10 days, having been away on paternity leave, but did pitch one inning in relief on April 19th. Rodriguez can be frustratingly inconsistent, yet at still just 24, the talent is on full display and the left-hander just needs to corral it. The big aspect for Rodriguez is command and focus and when he is dealing and locked in, he can mow down batters for at least seven innings. When the lefty is lacking either or both necessary traits, trouble follows.

Kevin Gausman (1-1, 7.23) has been a tease throughout his big league career. The talent is evident, just not the results. This season opposing batters are lighting him up for .329 batting average and he has nearly as many walks as strikeouts (12 vs.13). Similar to Rodriguez, Gausman has the full toolbox, he's just never put it all together and being two years older than his mound opponent, he's no longer a prospect.


Orioles Up to Old Tricks, the Red Sox Cannot Put Together Same Lineup

Manager Buck Showalter has taken Joe Maddon's place when he was with Tampa Bay. Each year, those diligently following the MLB odds wonder how Baltimore will win 82-85 games and all they do is exceed expectations. Offensively, the Orioles have not hit their normal stride in averaging 4.1 RPG (as of 4/22), yet they are still in first place and are as sound as any team this April.

Because of injuries and a few other things out of skipper John Farrell's control, he's not had the lineup he anticipated since opening day. This has accounted for Boston to underachieve at 4.1 RPG and they will be without CF Jackie Bradley Jr., who went on the DL Friday. The Red Sox are going to need more from slumping Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to win Sunday.


Betting Odds, History and Bullpen Numbers

The odds were released late Saturday afternoon and Baltimore figures to be a short favorite. These teams have split last 20 games at Camden Yards (as of 4/22) with the UNDER 10-9-1. Both bullpens have been among the best in the American League and might play a factor this afternoon.

 The Winner Is...

For my MLB pick I am going to give the nod to Baltimore who continues to play well at home, while Boston is scuffling on the road and not scoring many runs.

Free MLB Play: Baltimore -124Best Betting Line: at Heritage

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