The Red Sox and the Orioles matchup up in a the second tilt of a three-game set at Oriole Park in Baltimore, Maryland tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET with the Sox sending left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) to the hill to oppose the Orioles right-hander David Hess (2-2, 3.07). AL East Preview and Free Pick: Boston at Baltimore.
The visiting Boston Red Sox used starter Steven Wright and five relievers to earn a Monday night victory. The Sox pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout. Boston is 10-1 in the last 11 contests against the Orioles dating to last season and owns six straight wins in Baltimore.
The return of Boston Red Sox (-160, 9) MVP candidate Mookie Betts from a recent oblique strain gives the offense a boost as they work their second contest of a 10-game excursion.
The Orioles could be without shortstop Manny Machado for a second straight game due to an illness.
Rodriguez has worked victories in four straight turns. He has exceeded his 2017 win total after defeating the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Rodriguez has executed to near perfection in his last handful of starts. He has a 2.14 ERA with a 38:8 K:BB across 33.2 innings of work. ERod’s 3.68 ERA is in line with his 3.64 xFIP and his improved secondary pitches have allowed him to record a career-high 10.50 strike out to nine innings pitched ratio.
Reliever and spot starter Hess has a 0.96 ERA over his last three starts. Hess has had little success against the Red Sox in his career and his last outing versus Boston saw the righty surrender five runs across 4 2/3 frames. Hess was promoted from Triple-A last year based on smoke and mirrors. His fortune was his ability to keep the ball in the yard (0.61 per 9) while pitching on the farm but that rate tripled at the major league level a season ago. His fly ball tendencies are a poor match with Camden Yards and the Red Sox lineup.
The Orioles continue to find ways to lose. And a big part of Baltimore’s lack of success this season can be attributed to their lack of power. Evidence of this has seen 1B Chris Davis scuffle. Davis was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Monday resulting in his batting average fall to .150 through 57 games.
The right-handed rookie, Hess, will not register his third win of the season after being called up last month while ERod dominates a dysfunctional Orioles lineup that ranks last in the American League in runs scored versus left-handed pitching. The O’s are hitting .231 with an on base percentage of just .299 against southpaws this season with a porous .666 OPS.
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AL East Preview and Free Pick: Boston at Baltimore