Boston Red Sox versus Baltimore Orioles (July 19)
In this American League East battle, the Boston Red Sox travel to Baltimore to take on the Orioles. An excellent pitching matchup is scheduled as David Price is set to start for the Red Sox and John Means will pitch for the Orioles.
Offensively, the Red Sox are among the best in the American League. They are hitting .273 with 142 home runs and 5.6 runs scored per game. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers are having career seasons. Boegarts is hitting .315 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI, while Devers has a .325 average with 19 home runs and 73 RBI.
JD Martinez has added 19 home runs and Mookie Betts has 14 home runs.
On the flip side, the Orioles have struggled to plate runs much of the season. They have 114 home runs but hitting just .239 with 4.2 runs scored per game. Renato Nunez and Trey Mancini are the top two run producers with 21 and 19 home runs, respectively.
Hanser Alberto leads the team with a .306 batting average and Dwight Smith and Jonathan Villar have chipped in with a combined 21 home runs.
David Price is having a very good season for the Red Sox. He has a 7-2 mark with a 3.15 ERA. He’s struck out 102 in only 88 1/3 innings and has kept the ball in the park, allowing only eight home runs. Brandon Workman had been stellar out of the bullpen with an ERA under two. However, Colten Brewer, Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes are relatively mediocre, combining for a 4.33 ERA in 120 2/3 innings.
As a team the Red Sox are allowing 5.1 runs per game.
Not much has gone right for the Orioles this season, but John Means has done his job. He’s 7-5 with a 2.84 ERA, striking out 73 with only 22 walks in 88 2/3 innings. He can be hurt at times with the long ball, allowing 12 home runs. The bullpen has been inconsistent at best. Miguel Castro, Paul Fry and Mychal Givens have been used the most frequently but have a combined ERA of 4.59 in over 121 innings.
As a team, the Orioles have allowed 6.1 runs per game.
This game should be a lower scoring contest, compared to the league average of around 9 to 10 total runs per game. Baltimore doesn’t have the offensive power to put many runs on the board against Price. Boston likely will reach their seasonal output in scoring, mainly off a suspect Orioles bullpen.