Baltimore (36-26) at Boston (36-26)
When: Tuesday, June 14th 2016
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: MASN2, NESN
The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series in Fenway Park that will determine first place in the A.L. East heading into the weekend. The two teams are dead-locked at 36-26 – three games clear of Toronto. Both clubs squandered an opportunity to enter the series with the lead when the Orioles fell at Toronto on Sunday and the Red Sox lost in Minnesota. Boston went down on a walk-off home run in the 10th inning and the Orioles left the tying run at third base in a 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays. The setback was the third straight for Baltimore, which allowed 30 runs in the four-game series at Toronto. The Orioles gave up a total of 29 runs in a four-game series at home against Boston in late May but managed to slug their way to a pair of wins and take a 4-3 lead in the season series. The Red Sox are just 4-4 since leaving that series in Baltimore and are opening a 10-game homestand on Tuesday that includes visits from the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox. Baltimore 1B Chris Davis has homered in five straight games to give him 16 on the year. Boston SS Xander Bogaerts went 10-for-15 in the three-game series in Minnesota to raise his AL-leading batting average to .359, while Travis Shaw is 1-for-22 over his last six games.
Pitchers: Orioles – Chris Tillman (8-1, 3.01 ERA) | Red Sox – David Price (7-3, 4.63)
Orioles ace Chris Tillman will get the start tonight after coming off one of his best outings of the year. He struck out nine without issuing a walk in 7.1 scoreless innings to earn the win against Kansas City. Tillman allowed three home runs in each of his previous two starts but surrendered just one extra-base hit against the Royals. Tillman missed Boston the first two times around this season but is 9-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 18 career starts against the Red Sox.
David Price is quickly turning his season around after a rough start reeling of six straight quality starts. The former No. 1 overall draft pick was a tough-luck loser in San Francisco on Wednesday, when he allowed just two runs on three hits – two solo home runs – over eight innings in a game the Red Sox went on to lose 2-1. Price was knocked around for five runs in as many innings against Baltimore on April 11th, but is 8-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 20 career starts against the Orioles.
This should be a fun series with the aces going in the first game. I don’t like Boston enough to lay almost 2/1 on them. Tillman has been good all year and has decent numbers against Boston. Baltimore is starting to hit the ball and I like them here tonight.
Pick: Orioles +165