Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox - 4/3/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Boston Red Sox (0-1) vs Baltimore Orioles (1-0)
Game Info: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Tanner Houck (0-0) (0.00) vs Matt Harvey (0-0) (0.00)
Betting Odds: Boston Red Sox -165 / Baltimore Orioles +152 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park this Saturday. The Orioles took the first game of the series 3-0.
The Red Sox come into this game looking to bounce back after an abysmal showing at the plate on Friday. As a team they were a collective 2-29, and stranded their only 4 baserunners of the game. J.D. Martinez and Enrique Hernandez were the lone Sox with a hit. Nate Eovaldi pitched 5.1 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts. The bullpen went for 3.2 allowing 1 run on 5 hits. The Orioles will be sending out a righty on Saturday. In 2020 the Red Sox hit .265 vs right handed pitching with a .332 OBP.
Boston will send out promising youngster Tanner Houck against Baltimore. He finished 2020 3-0 in there starts with a dazzling 0.53 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 21 strikeouts. In spring training he was 2-0 with a 5.06 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 10 strikeouts.
The Baltimore Orioles were able to shut out the Red Sox in their season opener. John Means pitched 7 innings of one-hit ball before the bullpen shut them down in the last two frames. Ryan Mountcastle had the big blow with a 2 RBI double in the 6th inning. The Orioles were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left 6 men on base. The Red Sox will also send out a righty on Saturday. In 2020 as a team they hit .261 against right handed pitching with a .324 OBP.
Baltimore will start veteran Matt Harvey on Saturday. He has struggled to achieve his once elite form since leaving the Mets, battling injuries for the last three season. This will be his fourth team in as many seasons. Last season he was 0-3 with an 11.57 ERA, 2.74 WHIP and 10 strikeouts. In spring he was 0-1 with a 4.8 ERA, 1.2 WHIP and 9 strikeouts.
The Red Sox were uncharacteristically bad at the plate in the first game, and will look to right the ship against a struggling Matt Harvey. The Red Sox will likely find themselves with a few more opportunities after only managing 4 baserunners on Friday. The Red Sox will also be starting their 2017 first round pick Tanner Houck, who has exceeded expectations while bursting on the scene late in 2020. He only had 1 ER in 17 IP last year, giving the Red Sox the apparent advantage on the mound. I'll take my chances with the Red Sox bullpen holding up with a likely lead heading into the late innings. Give me Boston to win.