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#920 Baltimore Orioles 11.5
Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:05pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Baltimore Orioles will be trying to pick up their second win in their last three games when they take on the Boston Red Sox in the second game of their three-game weekend series on Saturday night. The game will be played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and it is scheduled to begin at 7:05 PM. ET.

Rick Porcello, 7-7, 5.37 ERA, will get the start for the Red Sox. The Orioles will counter with Thomas Eshelman, 0-1, 5.06 ERA.

(This preview was written before Friday’s game was played).

Red Sox Going For Fourth Win In Five Games

The Red Sox have played well since the All-Star break and are currently riding a two-game winning streak. They will be trying to pick up their third win in a row and fourth win in their last five games when they face the Orioles on Saturday.

Boston is one of the best offensive teams in the league. The team’s .273 batting average is first in the league. Their .347 on-base percentage is also first, while their .463 slugging percentage is fifth in the league. The 542 runs they have scored leads the league.

Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with a .325 batting average, while Xander Bogaerts leads the team with 21 homers and 74 RBI.

Boston’s pitching hasn’t been as good as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .251 batting average against the Red Sox, which is 15th in the league. Their 4.64 ERA is 18th, as is their 35 quality starts.

In his last start, Porcello gave up eight hits and four earned runs in six innings, but the Red Sox were able to get a 10-8 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The team will need a better performance from him to get the win on Saturday.

Orioles Trying To Snap Losing Streak Against Red Sox

Coming into this series, the Orioles had lost their last five games to the Red Sox, who have dominated the rivalry for some time. With the Red Sox trying to clinch one of the Wildcard spots in the American League, the Orioles would love to make things tougher on their division rivals and snap their losing streak with a win on Saturday.

Offensively, Baltimore is one of the worst teams in baseball. The team’s .239 batting average is 26t6h in the league. Their .300 on-base percentage is 27th, while their .399 slugging percentage is 28th in the league. The 396 runs they have scored is 27th in the league.

Hanser Alberto leads the Orioles with a .306 batting average, while Renato Nunez leads the team with 21 homers and 51 RBI.

Baltimore’s pitching has been as bad as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .269 batting average against the Orioles, which is 24th in the league. Their 5.66 ERA is 30th, while their 23 quality starts are 29th in the league.

In his last start, Eshelman gave up five hits and four earned runs in 5.2 innings, leading to a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The team will need a better performance from him if they want to beat the Red Sox on Saturday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Orioles haven’t played well at home this season and have lost 38 of their last 52 games. They also haven’t done well against teams with winning records, losing 58 of their last 75 games. The Red Sox are on a roll and have won eight of their last 11 games. They have also played well against AL East opponents, winning four of their last five games against division foes.

Prediction: Boston Red Sox -1.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Red Sox have played over the total in five of their last seven road games and in Porcello’s last six starts against teams with losing records. The Orioles have played over the total in five of their last seven home games against teams with winning road records.

Prediction: Over

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Red Sox will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Orioles in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging six runs per game while the Orioles average 0.67 runs per game.

Prediction: Boston Red Sox

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Orioles and Red Sox are averaging 6.67 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will go over the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over

Written By Bosun Akinpelu

I am very passionate about sports, so I kind of feel bad that I get paid to do this. As someone who minored in Mathematics, I have a lot of faith in numbers, and make my picks based on stats and not emotions. I've been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so stick with me if you want to get paid.