Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles MLB Prediction: The Boston Red Sox (73-53) continue their push for a postseason spot. Tonight, they’ll play the clincher of a 3-game set from Camden Yards, as they hope to sweep the last-place Baltimore Orioles (60-65). Tonight’s game 3 has a scheduled first pitch of 7:05 PM ET, and can be live on NESN or DTV: Extra Innings. At BetUS.com, the Boston Red Sox are -128 betting odds ML favorites to sweep the Baltimore Orioles (+108).
If the BO Sox have any questions pertaining to starting pitching going into the playoffs, it is certainly tonight’s spot.
Tonight’s starter for manager Terry Francona, RHP Clay Buchholz (2-8), leads the team in (highest) ERA at 6.35. The young right-hander has been so bad as of late, that he has failed to win a game since May 2nd against Tampa Bay Rays; that's 9 straight starts.
As a matter of fact, in Buchholz last 10 starts he is 1-6, and has an ERA of almost 8 (7.80). During that same stretch, Buchholz has yet to make an appearance where he doesn’t allowed a run to score. Going into the playoffs, this has to be a topic for concern for the defending champs.
Tonight, Buchholz opponent will be the left-hander pitcher out of South Florida Community College, Chris Waters (1-0, 4.32 ERA). Waters will be making just the 4th start of his young MLB career. In 3 games pitched (16.2 IP against Angels, Rangers, and Tigers), Waters has allowed 16 hits, 8 ER, 3 HR, 7 BB, and 9 K. The OVER/UNDER in this Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles MLB Prediction, has been set at a total of 11 runs.