Orioles at Red Sox 5/17/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/06/2019 at 4:11 PM ET

Orioles at Red Sox 5/17/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

AL East Division rivals will clash on Thursday night, when the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox begin a four-game series from Fenway Park. On Wednesday, the Orioles managed just four hits during a 4-1 loss versus Philadelphia. Adam Jones launched his seventh home run for Baltimore, who is 16 games below .500 overall.

Hard-throwing righty Kevin Gausman (3-2 3.18 ERA) will head to the hill for the Orioles in this contest. In his last ten starts against the Red Sox, Gausman is 3-6 with a 4.35 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 60 innings. The Boston Red Sox have won 29 of their first 43 games and are a half-game behind New York for the AL East Division lead. Last night, J.D. Martinez blasted his 12th home run of the season to power Boston to a 6-4 victory versus Oakland. SP Chris Sale (4-1) struck out nine batters and allowed two runs over five frames to earn the win.

The Red Sox will counter with veteran southpaw David Price (3-4 4.89 ERA) in the series opener. In his last eight starts against the Orioles, Price is 5-2 with a 2.78 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 55 innings.

Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia (knee) played in a Triple-A rehab game on Monday and is nearing a return. Through 42 games, Baltimore ranks 23rd in batting average and 17th in runs scored. For the season, Boston ranks 2nd in batting average and 2nd in runs scored. Take the under on Friday. Final Score Prediction, Boston Red Sox win 4-2.

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