Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles series preview
By Chris Embree
Previewing the three-game set between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.
The Boston Red Sox (10-6) visit the Baltimore Orioles (10-4) for a three-game series in Camden Yards.
The Red Sox have won 6 of their last 8 games, including taking two out of three games last series against the Blue Jays.
The Orioles have won 6 of their last 9 games, dating back to their last series against the Red Sox.
This is an important series for both teams, as the Sox are only 1 game out of 1st place in the division, trailing the Orioles.
Friday, April 21 at 7:05 PM – Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 5.23 ERA) vs Dylan Bundy (2-1, 1.76 ERA)
Saturday, April 22 at 7:05 PM – Steven Wright (1-1, 8.36 ERA) vs Jayson Aquino
Sunday, April 23 at 1:35 PM – Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 4.76) vs Kevin Gausman (1-1, 7.23 ERA)
. is expected to make his return to the lineup. This will mark the first time since pretty much Opening Day that the starting lineup has been completely healthy.
, and Jackie Bradley have all missed small amounts of time so far in the season. Now with a clean bill of health, it will be nice to see what this lineup can accomplish throughout a long stretch of games together.
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Boston Red Sox: Mitch Moreland
2017 Season (16 Games): .344/.420/.574, 1 HR, 8 RBI
Career vs Baltimore Orioles (38 Games): .269/.327/.470, 7 HR, 21 RBI
Mitch Moreland has been a rock in the middle of the lineup this year. He’s the only player to play in every single game so far. He’s leading the team (among all qualified hitters) in batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, and total hits. Most impressively, he is leading the MLB with 11 doubles. He has been vulnerable to lefties in the past, but this year has hit lefties at a .273/.385/.455 clip. Needless to say, Moreland has been an important addition to the lineup this year.
Baltimore Orioles: Trey Mancini
2017 Season (10 Games): .321/.367/.786, 4 HR, 9 RBI
Career vs Red Sox (5 Games): .429/.500/1.429, 4 HR, 8 RBI
Mancini has burst onto the scene in his brief major league career. He tied the record for most home runs through the first 12 games of a career, hitting 7. Of those 7 home runs, 4 have come against the Red Sox. He has recently been moved to the leadoff spot in the order so look for him to cause some damage early in the game.
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