The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox will get a three-game series started when they clash at Oriole Park on Friday night.
Still looking up
The first week after the all-star break did not provide the big jump in the standings for which the defending champions were hoping, and the biggest tests are still to come. Boston will try to string some wins together and find the consistency that the 2018 squad featured when it visits the last-place Orioles for the opener of a three-game series on Friday. The Red Sox still lag behind in the AL wild card race and is struggling to make up ground on the Yankees and Tampa Bay in the American League East after coming out of the break and going 4-3 on a home-stand against the Dodgers and Blue Jays. The Red Sox, who will play 14 straight against the Yankees and the Rays after leaving Baltimore, finished off the series against Toronto with a 5-0 victory on Thursday.
Left-hander David Price (7-2, 3.16 ERA) is taking the mound for Boston on Friday. Price needed a season-high 113 pitches to get through 5.0 innings against the Dodgers on Sunday and was charged with four runs – one earned – on four hits and three walks without factoring in the decision. The Vanderbilt product issued a total of four walks in 24.2 innings in June but is at nine free passes in 16 frames this month.
The Orioles already started selling by trading right-hander Andrew Cashner to Boston last weekend and will showcase the rest of their trade candidates as the rebuild continues. That includes closer Mychal Givens and outfielder Trey Mancini, who drove in three runs in Wednesday’s 9-2 victory over Washington.
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Baltimore will send all-star left-hander John Means (7-5, 2.94 ERA) to the mound on Friday to oppose Price. Means posted his worst outing of the season coming out of the break on Saturday, surrendering six runs on eight hits – three home runs – over six innings in a loss to Tampa Bay. The left-hander posted a 1.71 ERA in four starts last month while allowing one home run. Means enjoyed plenty of success in his first three starts of the season against Boston, going 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 14 hits–no home runs–allowed in 17.0 innings.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 8-3 in their last 11 overall
- 26-9 in their last 35 road games
- 4-1 in their last five games against the American League East
The Baltimore Orioles are:
- 16-44 in their last 60 overall
- 14-38 in their last 52 home games
- 9-24 in their last 33 games against left-handed starters