Red Sox & Orioles Stay 'Under' Betting Total at Windy Fenway Park

Willie Bee

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:05 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 2, 2017 1:05 PM UTC

Baltimore drew first blood in the latest series with Boston on Monday, but the Red Sox are huge favorites Tuesday night with ace Chris Sale on the mound at Fenway Park.

MLB Season Record: 8-19 (-12.19)

Booing Manny Machado and taunting Adam Jones didn't work very well for Boston fans Monday night when the Baltimore Orioles picked up a 5-2 win over the Red Sox. Reports are it really didn't work out well for several dozen who were ejected from Fenway Park, at least saving them from seeing their team come out on the short end of the score.

At least the Red Sox have a chance to even the series Tuesday, a real good chance if the wagering numbers are any indication in the 7:10 (ET) contest that pits Baltimore's Alec Asher against Boston's Chris Sale. BookMaker has the Sox prohibitive -240 favorites and 9 for the total.

Baltimore's win Monday came with Boston closing around -140 on the MLB odds and was the Orioles' eighth in their last 12 games on this field. The final never made it to an 8½-run scoreboard mark, leaving totals 1-1-1 O/U/P in three games at Fenway this season.


Sale Working On 4-Game String With 10+ Ks

Asher takes the mound for just his second start of the season and only his fourth appearance having bounced between the rotation and bullpen since mid-April when he joined the big-league club. The big right-hander pitched well enough to win in that lone assignment, holding the Blue Jays to a run and three hits before being relieved in the seventh. He came on in relief against Boston about 10 days ago, tossing one scoreless frame, but didn't have near that sort of luck against the Sox in Fenway a couple of seasons ago when they plated seven runs before he left for the showers in the fourth.

Boston has scored all of 11 runs in Sale's five starts, so the Red Sox are fortunate to have won three of them. The lefty has gone eight innings each of his last two assignments and struck out at least 10 his last four. He missed the Orioles in the previous two series, with tonight only his sixth career start against Baltimore. Jones and Mark Trumbo have been the toughest outs in the order, each hitting over .300 with a homer.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

D.J. Reyburn has the task of calling balls and strikes this evening, totals running 2-3 O/U in his plate assignments to date. Home favorites are just 1-3, but on money lines much shorter than tonight's. Home chalk -180 or higher last season went a perfect 3-0 with the Michigan native under the mask.

Rain is dancing around Boston this morning, but should push out before the game and leave mostly clear skies with the thermometer in the mid-to-upper 60s. It is going to be windy, however, with an 18-22 mph WSW blow (out to right-center). Even with that wind, I'm sticking with the trend in Sale's starts with a free baseball pick on the 'under.'

Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 9Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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