Boston (86-64) at Baltimore (82-68)
When: Tuesday, September 20th 2016
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: MLB Network
The Boston Red Sox already too care of one AL East foe over the weekend and now set their sights on another as they visit the Baltimore Orioloes for the second of their four-game series. The Red Sox swept the Yankees in four games to all but eliminate their bitter rivals and took the first game in Baltimore last night. Mookie Betts continued his domination of Baltimore with a two-run blast and David Ortiz homered as well for the Red Sox, who are now four games ahead of the Orioles with 12 left in the regular season. Betts is now batting .500 with eight home runs and 15 RBIs in seven games at Baltimore this season. Hanley Ramirez has also been hot for the Sox and was named AL Co-Player of the Week on Monday after going 10-for-20 with four home runs and nine RBIs in the last five games. The Orioles remain in a battle with the Toronto Blue Jays for the top wild card spot, with the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners right behind.
Pitchers: Red Sox – Eduardo Rodriguez (2-7, 4.98 ERA) | Orioles – Kevin Gausman (8-10, 3.43)
Eduardo Rodriguez is vying for a potential third spot in the Boston postseason rotation behind Rick Porcello and David Price, but has not been pitching like as of late. Rodriguez was hit for four runs on eight hits against the Yankees on Thursday in less than three innings. He threw four hit-less innings at Baltimore on August 16th before leaving with tightness in his hamstring and is 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in six career starts against the Orioles.
Kevin Gausman has been the opposite of Rodriguez as the former LSU Tiger has won five straight decisions over a six start stretch. He outdueled the Red Sox Rick Porcello last Wednesday by limiting them to four hits over eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win. Gausman has not allowed a home run in his last five starts and is 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 13 career games – eight starts – against Boston.
Gausman has been sensational over the last month and he’s proved that the Red Sox lineup doesn’t scare him right now. The Orioles need a win badly and I think they get here tonight.
Pick: Orioles -130