Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles Prediction, 4/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: Oriole Park in Baltimore, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-173) Baltimore (+163)
Matt Harvey and the Baltimore Orioles (3-2, 1st in AL East) play the Boston Red Sox (2-3, 4th in AL East) at Oriole Park on Thursday. The Orioles open this matchup at +163 while the Red Sox are priced at -173. The O/U is set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Eduardo Rodríguez and Matt Harvey.
Boston has a slugging % of .368 and have been called out on strikes 47 times, while being walked on 12 occasions. They have 20 RBI's and 41 base knocks on the year, while their batting average is sitting at .236. The Red Sox have hit 14 doubles as a unit and have hit 3 baseballs out of the park. They have tallied 22 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .286. As a squad, the Boston Red Sox are recording 4.4 runs per game, which puts them at 14th in the league.
The Red Sox are sitting with a team ERA of 3.94 for the season (16th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 54 batters. Their K/BB ratio is 2.45 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.48. Red Sox pitchers have given up 0 home runs in addition to 25 runs in total (12th in MLB). They have walked 22 opposing players and their FIP is 2.51 as a team for the season.
The Red Sox have dispatched 22 relievers to the mound so far this season. The relievers have inherited 14 runners on the campaign and 50.0% of them earned a run for their team. The bullpen have recorded 1 hold so far this year (21st in the league). Red Sox pitchers have come into the game with runners on in 9 contests as well as 4 contests with high leverage.
Rodríguez has taken the ball for 699 frames and has earned 707 punch outs during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 4.03 (313 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.296. He has allowed 659 hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has 247 free passes. Rodríguez (51-31 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.94 while facing 2,974 opposing batters in the major leagues.
Baltimore has compiled 1 home run on the campaign to go along with 19 runs batted in. They have 11 doubles, while taking a walk 13 times as well as recording 20 runs. The Baltimore Orioles are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .304 as well as a team batting average of .254 on the year. The Orioles have a slugging percentage of .333 and they tally 4.00 runs per game (19th in baseball). They have been rung up on 60 occasions (3rd in the league) and have totaled 45 base hits.
The Orioles hold a team WHIP of 1.186 in addition to having a FIP of 4.23 as a pitching staff on the campaign. They come in at 20th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 33. The Baltimore pitching staff have yielded 19 runs on the year while having an ERA of 3.98 (19 earned runs relinquished). They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.22 (40 strikeouts vs 18 bases on balls). They have relinquished 5 dingers and they relinquish 3.98 runs per 9 innings (9th in the league).
With 2 save opportunities, the Orioles have amassed 2 holds and also 0 blown saves. Baltimore has had bullpen pitchers take the mound in 4 save situations and they have walked away with 2 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field in 5 games with high leverage in addition to 4 outings with base runners. Baltimore relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 45.0% of 11 inherited base runners. They are ranked 1st in baseball with a save rate of 100.0%, and they have sent 13 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this season.
Thus far in his career, Harvey has conceded 815 base knocks while accumulating 776 K's in 843 innings. Harvey (44-52 career mark) holds a 4.14 earned run average while surrendering 8.7 hits per nine innings. He has conceded 388 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.249 and a FIP of 3.9. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.26 and he has faced 3,538 hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (-173)
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