Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox

Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles in their annual Patriots’ Day game Monday morning from Fenway Park. The Orioles will give the call to 30-year old right-hander Dan Straily, and 30-year old right-hander Hector Velazquez is expected to take the mound for the Red Sox. The Red Sox won the first game of the series 6-4 on Friday, and the Orioles won Saturday’s contest by a 9-5 score.

Dan Straily will make his third appearance and second start of the season, eying his first victory. Straily was shelled in his latest effort, surrendering five runs including two home runs in 3.1 innings against the Athletics. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs in 1.1 innings against the Yankees in his only other appearance this season. Straily has conceded seven runs (six earned) in nine career innings against the Red Sox. Xander Boagaerts is 1 for 5 against Straily, while Mookie Betts and JD Martinez are both 1 for 3.

Hector Velazquez will be used in a spot starting role in this one. Velazquez made a spot start on April 7th and he tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Diamondbacks. The third-year right-hander has allowed four runs (three earned) in 9.2 innings this season. Velazquez has limited the Orioles to four runs paired with a 1-0 record 11.2 career innings. Trey Mancini is 3 for 5 against Velazquez, while Joey Rickard and Jonathan Villar are both 0 for 2.

The Red Sox are averaging 4.60 runs per game, ranking them 18th in the big leagues. The Boston pitching has played a large role in their slow start to the season. They own a weak 6.27 team ERA, positioning them 28th in the Majors. 

My Free Pick goes to Boston -245  Bet on this Game

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