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Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox Preview and Predictions 04-15-2019 in MLB

The Boston Red Sox can claim their first series victory of the season when they host the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a four-game series on Monday morning. The annual Patriots' Day contest will start at 11:05 a.m. as the Boston Marathon winds through the city outside Fenway Park.

The Red Sox sandwiched a pair of strong starting pitching performances around a dud from Rick Porcello in the first three games of the series and earned a 4-0 win on Sunday behind seven dominant innings from David Price. Boston's two wins in the series were sparked by the bat of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who went 3-for-4 on Friday and drove in all four runs in Sunday's triumph, capped by a three-run homer. The Orioles rode the momentum of Chris Davis snapping an 0-for-54 stretch to a 9-5 victory on Saturday but watched the former American League home run champ slump back to 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Sunday's setback. Davis will look for more luck against Red Sox right-hander Hector Velazquez on Monday while Baltimore counters with righty Dan Straily.

TV: 11:05 a.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN (Baltimore), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Dan Straily (0-1, 19.29 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Hector Velazquez (0-0, 2.79)

Straily is trying to find his form in his first season with Baltimore and was ripped for five runs in 1 1/3 innings out of the bullpen on April 7 before serving up five more runs over 3 1/3 frames against Oakland in his first start of 2019 on Wednesday. The 30-year-old yielded a total of four home runs among 13 hits in those two outings. Straily is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two career starts against Boston.



Velazquez will come out of the bullpen to make another start as the Red Sox push ace Chris Sale back a day to start at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. Velazquez, who tossed a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday, started at Arizona on April 7 and allowed one hit while striking out three in three scoreless frames. The Mexico native pitched five games - two starts - against the Orioles last season and went 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 11 2/3 total innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi left Sunday's game after fouling a ball off the top of his foot, but X-rays came back negative and he is day-to-day.

2. Baltimore RF Dwight Smith Jr. (leg) was limited to pinch hitting on Sunday and is day-to-day.

3. Boston DH J.D. Martinez reached base safely in each of the first 16 games and hit safely in 15 of 16.

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Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Capacity: 37,402

Last Injuries

Boston Red Sox

  • Steve Pearce

    Back
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Pearce has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and is without a definitive timetable for return.

  • Nathan Eovaldi

    Elbow
    Prob Sat | probable

    Eovaldi has been activated from the 60-day injured list prior to Saturday's contest against the Orioles after recuperating from surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow.

  • Brian Johnson

    Lower Body
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Johnson has landed on the 10-day injured list with an intestinal ailment. He is aiming to get back on the mound during the end of July.

  • Andrew Benintendi

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Benintendi is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Orioles on Friday as he is likely to be given a day of rest.

  • Mitch Moreland

    Quadricep
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Moreland has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain and has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation. He is lining up to return during the latter portion of July.

  • Steven Wright

    Toe
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Wright is on the 10-day injured list due to a right big toe contusion, and it is undetermined how much time he will need to heal.

  • Tyler Thornburg

    Hip
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Thornburg has landed on the 10-day injured list with a hip impingement and is projected to be idle until the latter part of July.

Baltimore Orioles

  • Pedro Severino

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Severino has missed the previous two games with an unspecified illness and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Red Sox on Sunday.

  • Dylan Bundy

    Knee
    Prob Tues | 10-day IL

    Bundy is on the 10-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right knee, but he is likely to return against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

  • Nate Karns

    Forearm
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Karns has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a right forearm strain and is likely to be out of action until the latter part of July.

  • DJ Stewart

    Ankle
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Stewart has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right ankle and is expected to be away from the team until the end of July.

  • Darren O'Day

    Forearm
    Late July | 10-day IL

    O'Day has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to forearm tightness. He suffered a setback during his rehabilitation and is expected to be sidelined until at least the latter part of July.

baltimore-orioles Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Trey Mancini 90 90 348 60 99 20 2 19 43 180 1 83 0 .284 .517 .347
Anthony Santander 35 34 132 20 37 6 0 5 21 58 1 27 2 .280 .439 .336
Chance Sisco 25 20 79 17 21 5 0 6 17 44 0 29 1 .266 .557 .376
Mike Yastrzemski 47 39 158 28 41 8 2 8 26 77 1 46 2 .259 .487 .300
Jonathan Villar 96 93 369 56 95 21 2 10 41 150 17 96 6 .257 .407 .320
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Miguel Castro 39 0 142 43 0 47 7 2 29 0 0 9 24 814
Paul Fry 39 0 114 32 5 27 2 0 20 0 0 3 19 685
Mychal Givens 32 0 112 52 1 29 8 0 20 0 0 4 16 643
Josh Osich 29 0 101 25 0 34 9 1 22 0 0 2 7 525
Richard Bleier 27 0 86 13 2 39 3 0 22 0 0 2 3 416
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Chance Sisco 25 20 0 20 3 3 0 1
Austin Wynns 16 13 1 6 2 3 0 1
Jesus Sucre 21 17 0 4 4 1 0 4
Anthony Santander 35 34 0 0 0 0 1 0
Cedric Mullins 22 18 0 0 0 1 0 0