Red Sox Series Preview: At Orioles – Round 2

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Apr 19, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) delivers against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Pitching Matchups @ Orioles (Oriole Park):

April 24th @ 7:05 PM ET;

  •  Rick Porcello (1-2, 6.63 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (2-1, 2.55 ERA)
  • Porcello’s matchup tonight against Gonzalez will be more interesting than the other two bouts. Porcello was brought in to be one of the stabilizing forces on the starting rotation, especially after signing a contract extension recently, instead of after this season ends, as was expected. Having a losing record at such a high ERA has some of Red Sox Nation shaken but not necessarily stirred, yet. It’s still early. Defeating a division rival would go far to cementing the fans’ faith in him.

April 25th @ 7:05 PM ET;

  • Justin Masterson (2-0, 5.74 ERA) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 3.07 ERA)
  • Masterson, on the other hand, continues to win, even though he has bled runs as well. If he continues to get the run support against Chen, Masterson should have a good night, regardless of his performance in the later innings.

April 26th @ 1:35 PM ET;

  • Wade Miley (1-1, 6.08 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (0-2, 17.42 ERA)
  • Miley had a much better outing in his last appearance, blanking the Tampa Bay Rays while only giving up 3 hits to earn his first win for the Red Sox. Look to this article’s review of key Orioles players to find out why Miley should watch out for Adam Jones each time that he comes to the plate.