The Boston Red Sox visit the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night to open a four-game series. It’s already the fourth series between the AL East rivals this season, and they won’t play again until after the All-Star Break. Baltimore is currently in a 3 game series against the New York Yankees, which ends today. That series stands at 1-1. For Boston, they also end today a 3 game series against the Chicago White Sox, which currently stands at 1-1. The Red Sox are likely to be slight MLB betting favorites for Game 1.
How to Bet on Boston at Baltimore MLB Preview & Pick
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When: Thursday, June 1, 7:05 PM ET
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore
Probable pitchers (away/home): Eduardo Rodriguez/Wade Miley
TV: MLB Network
Radio: Boston / Baltimore
Opening MLB Lines: TBA
Why Bet On Boston?
The Red Sox will be without All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia for at least 10 days as he has been placed on the DL with a wrist injury suffered on Monday. The good news is that an MRI on that wrist came back clean so Pedroia might miss just the minimum time. Pedroia, 33, was injured on a strange play in the top of the first inning on Monday. White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu dove into first base to tag out Pedroia, who tumbled over Abreu and landed on his wrist.
Pedroia has dealt with multiple wrist and hand injuries over the past few years. He even underwent surgery on his left wrist in September 2014. He is batting .292 with a .369 on-base percentage. Deven Marrero and Josh Rutledge should see time at second base for now.
To take his roster spot, the team activated 3B Pablo Sandoval from the 10-day disabled list. Sandoval ended up missing over a month with a right knee sprain. He didn’t hit well during his rehab stint and was batting just .213/.269/.377 prior to the injury.
It’s lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound here. Rodriguez (4-1, 2.77) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks in a 3-0 win over Seattle on Friday. He struck out four. Rodriguez continues to shut down opposing lineups. In his last seven starts, he’s allowed just 11 earned runs over 44 innings pitched. The 24-year- old southpaw’s 9.6 K/9 on the season is impressive.
Rodriguez opens a four-game series against the Orioles on a roll and ready to pitch at a venue where he usually dominates. Lifetime at Camden Yards, Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA in six starts.
Why Bet On Baltimore?
The O’s remain without All-Star closer Zach Britton (forearm, elbow), who has begun increasing the intensity of his flat-ground throwing. Mound work should soon follow, though the Orioles aren’t guessing on a timetable for him quite yet and the initial expectation was that he would be sidelined until sometime around the All-Star break. Britton has made just two appearances at the major league level since April 14 because of a left forearm strain. Brad Brach has filled in capably. The 31-year-old blew back-to-back save chances earlier in May but he has rebounded with four straight scoreless appearances.
The Orioles were concerned they might have to put All-Star center fielder Adam Jones on the DL with ankle and hip injuries, but Jones was back in the starting lineup Tuesday. Jones missed most of the Orioles’ weekend series against the Astros and he was a late scratch Monday.
Lefty Wade Miley (1-3, 3.02) is on the mound, and he should have at least a few more wins but hasn’t gotten much run support. Miley allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out just two batters through five innings during Saturday’s loss to Houston. He gave up two quick runs in the first inning thanks to a leadoff single by George Springer, a run-scoring double by Jose Altuve and an infield hit by Carlos Correa that drove in a run. Orioles center fielder Joey Rickard, in the lineup for Jones, got a bad break on Altuve’s double, costing him a chance at making a play. The big blow against Miley came in the fourth inning, when Springer hit a monster two-run homer to left center field.
With Houston sporting the best record in the majors, it was a daunting start for Miley, and it was also just the third time all season that he’s allowed more than two runs in an outing. He sports an impressive 8.6 K/9, but his 1.51 WHIP and 4.78 FIP suggest there are likely rougher times ahead.
Boston at Baltimore MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles
Miley has a microscopic 0.92 ERA at home this year.