Orioles vs. Red Sox Series Preview

Sports and Bets — June 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm by

The O’s didn’t start their 10-game home stand the way they wanted to, dropping two out of three to the A’s. Yesterday was especially disappointing with the Birds losing 11-1, and Manny Machado behaving like a childish dickhead. If Manny’s got a problem with the pitcher busting him inside, then he should charge the mound. Throwing his bat endangers other players, the umpires, base coaches, and even the fans. It was a total bush-league move, and I believe that a multi-game suspension would be warranted.

Now the hated Red Sox are coming to town for a three-game series. The Red Sox have been scuffling this season and are currently sitting in 4th place in the division. This brings me a joy that is so great, that it can only be expressed through the power of dance.


The Breakdown

Boston Red Sox (28-34) at Baltimore Orioles (31-30)

Season Series: Boston leads 4-3

Boston’s Last 10 Games: 5-5, Baltimore’s Last 10 Games: 5-5

Runs: Boston 18th, Baltimore 15th

Home Runs: Boston 25th, Baltimore 6th

Batting Average: Boston 20th, Baltimore 3rd

On-base Percentage: Boston 6th, Baltimore 14th

Team ERA: Boston 16th, Baltimore 25th

Starting Pitcher ERA: Boston 22nd, Baltimore 26th

Bullpen ERA: Boston 7th, Baltimore 19th

Fewest Errors Made: Boston tied for 11th, Baltimore tied for 4th

Game 1: Monday, June 9, 7:05 PM on MASN

Jake Peavy RHP (1-3) vs. Bud Norris RHP (4-5)

Peavy’s Season Stats: 74 1/3 innings, 55 Ks, 10 HRs, 4.72 ERA, 1.45 WHIP

Peavy’s Last Three Starts: 0-1, 20 1/3 innings, 12 Ks, 1 HR, 5.75 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

Norris’ Season Stats: 67 1/3 innings, 45 Ks, 9 HRs, 4.41 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

Norris’ Last Three Starts: 2-1, 17 innings, 12 Ks, 3 HRs, 6.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP

Peavy has been solid against the O’s over his career, going 2-0 in four starts with a 4.21 ERA. He’s also struck out Oriole hitters 28 times over 25 1/3 innings. However, he was knocked around by the O’s in the only start that he’s made against them this season. Peavy was credited with a no-decision after allowing five runs on 10 hits and four walks, with 5 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. This was the Easter night game on ESPN where the Birds blew a 5-run lead, and lost 6-5. And yes, I’m still saltier than a Virginia ham about it.

Norris has struggled against the Red Sox over his career, going 0-2 in four starts with a 4.56 ERA. He has been able to rack up the strikeouts against Boston, recording 30 of them over 23 2/3 innings. Norris has made one start against Boston this year, and he pitched well until tiring in the 7th inning and giving up two runs. This gave him the loss and a total stat line of: 6 1/3 innings, four runs, five hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts.

Good News: Adam Jones is 4-for-9, Nelson Cruz is 4-for-11 with a home run, and Nick Markakis is 3-for-10 off Peavy. Mike Napoli is 2-for-9 off Norris.

Bad News: Hardy is 2-for-19 and Chris Davis is 0-for-7 off Peavy. Stephen Drew is 6-for-13, Dustin Pedrioa is 2-for-6 with 6 walks, and David Ortiz is 3-for-9 with a home run off Norris.

Game 2: Tuesday, June 10, 7:05 PM on MASN and MLBN

Brandon Workman RHP (0-0) vs. Chris Tillman RHP (5-2)

Workman’s Season Stats: 21 2/3 innings, 17 Ks, 1 HR, 3.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

Workman’s Last Three Starts: 0-0, 15 1/3 innings, 10 Ks, 1 HR, 4.70 ERA, 1.37 WHIP

Tillman’s Season Stats: 71 innings, 55 Ks, 10 HRs, 5.20 ERA, 1.51 WHIP

Tillman’s Last Three Starts: 1-0, 13 1/3 innings, 11 Ks, 3 HRs, 8.10 ERA, 1.95 WHIP

Workman started the season as a reliever with the Red Sox, was sent down to AAA to pitch as a starter, and then sent back up to the big leagues to join the rotation. Workman has never made a start against the O’s, but he has been effective in his four relief appearances. He’s pitched four scoreless innings against the Birds, allowing three hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Workman has only made six career starts, but the Red Sox are expecting big things from the 25-year-old. He was a 2nd round pick, and posted a 3.65 ERA in the minors over 409 1/3 innings.

Tillman hasn’t looked anything like the pitcher that we saw in 2012 and 2013. Not only is he getting shelled, but his average fastball velocity is down from 91.6 MPH last year, to 90.4 MPH this year. Tillman is either pitching through an injury or he needs to make some mechanical adjustments. Tillman has had Boston’s number over the years, posting an excellent 2.86 ERA over 13 starts against the Red Sox. Tillman has pitched against Boston once this year and earned the win, despite not pitching terribly well. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks, with five strikeouts over five innings.

Good News: Manny Machado is 1-for-1 with a walk and a double off Workman. Markakis currently has a 13-game hitting streak, and is batting .379 with two home runs and six RBIs in June. Adam Jones is batting .414 with three home runs and nine RBIs in June. Daniel Nava is 5-for-23, Ortiz is 2-for-19, and A.J. Pierzynski is 3-for-15 off Tillman.

Bad News: Pedroia is 10-for-32, Drew is 3-for-9 with a home run, and Jackie Bradley is 3-for-7 off Tillman.

 Game 3: Wednesday, June 11, 7:05 PM on MASN and ESPN

Rubby De La Rosa RHP (1-1) vs. Wei-Yin Chen LHP (6-2)

De La Rosa’s Season Stats: 12 2/3 innings, 13 Ks, 2 HRs, 2.84 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

Chen’s Season Stats: 69 2/3 innings, 50 Ks, 9 HRs, 4.13 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

Chen’s Last Three Starts: 1-0, 16 2/3 innings, 16 Ks, 5 HRs, 4.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

De La Rosa was one of the key pieces in the 2012 trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He began the 2014 season in AAA, before pitching well enough to earn his promotion into Boston’s starting rotation. He made 10 starts, pitching to a 3.04 ERA and recording 52 strikeouts over 53 1/3 innings. This will be the 25-year-old’s third start of the season. De La Rosa has pitched against the Orioles only once in his career, giving up a run in 2/3 of an inning of relief. There’s only one person that he can blame that on…

Chen has had trouble with Boston over his career, going 3-3 in nine starts with a 5.26 ERA against the Red Sox. Chen has pitched twice against Boston this year, and the results haven’t been pretty. Over those two starts, Chen is 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA. He’s surrendered 16 hits and 3 walks over just 10 2/3 innings for a 1.78 WHIP.

Good News: Jonathan Schoop is 1-for-1 off De La Rosa. Jonny Gomes is 4-for-19 with a home run and Napoli is 3-for-15 with two home runs off Chen.

Bad News: Ubaldo Jimenez is 0-for-2 off De La Rosa. If he’s not going to contribute at all on the mound, I was hoping he could at least give the O’s some productive pinch hitting at-bats. He’s gotta be the least enjoyable Oriole starter to watch since the infamous Daniel Cabrera. Any chance Jimenez will accept that $50 million in I.O.U.’s?


Pedroia is 12-for-24, Ortiz is 6-for-15 with a home run, and Nava is 7-for-13 with a home run off Chen. Boston quite simply presents a brutal matchup for Chen.

Enjoy the games everybody, and let’s go O’s!

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