Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox Preview and Predictions 08-18-2019
The Boston Red Sox are still hanging around at the edges of the wild card race in the American League, but things are only getting harder as the injury list grows and the schedule gets shorter. The Red Sox will try to take care of what's in front of them and finish off a three-game sweep when they host the Baltimore Orioles in the series finale on Sunday.
The defending champions aren't what they were last season in large part because of the starting pitching, and that staff took a major hit when ace Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with elbow inflammation that could keep him out the rest of the season pending evaluation from team doctors and noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Eduardo Rodriguez made his bid to become the team's ace with 7 1/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's 4-0 victory - Boston's fourth consecutive win - to help keep the team 6 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL wild card. The Orioles sit in last place in the AL East and are losers of six straight and 11 of their last 12. The Red Sox will make an addition to the rotation by moving right-hander Nathan Eovaldi up from the bullpen on Sunday while Baltimore gives left-hander Ty Blach a start.
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Baltimore), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles LH Ty Blach (0-1, 13.94 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 5.77)
Blach is making his second start for Baltimore after allowing seven runs - six earned - on seven hits and three walks over four innings in a loss at New York on Monday. The 28-year-old made two appearances for the San Francisco Giants earlier this season and did not fare well, surrendering a total of 10 runs and 14 hits across 6 1/3 frames. Blach is making his first career appearance against Boston.
Eovaldi is returning to the rotation after making 11 appearances out of the bullpen since returning from elbow surgery following the All-Star break. The 29-year-old Texan last started on April 17 at New York and posted a 6.00 ERA in four starts before hitting the injured list. Eovaldi is seeing Baltimore for the first time in 2019 and last saw the Orioles at Fenway Park on Sept. 24, when he allowed one run and struck out 10 over five innings to earn a win.
1. The Red Sox recalled RHP Ryan Brasier from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Sale's roster spot.
2. Baltimore recalled RHP prospect Hunter Harvey from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday and he tossed a scoreless inning in his major-league debut.
3. Boston 3B Rafael Devers is 16-for-32 with nine extra-base hits during a seven-game hitting streak.
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Boston Red Sox
- ElbowLate Sept | 10-day IL
Hembree is on the 10-day injured list due to right lateral elbow inflammation. It is uncertain if he will be activated during the latter part of September.
- HandQues Sat | questionable
Benintendi was lifted from the previous game due to a left thumb contusion. It is unknown if he will be in the lineup Saturday against the Rays.
- ConcussionOut indefinitely | out
Travis has been placed in the concussion protocol, and there is no definitive timetable for return.
- Wristout for season | out
Price is out of commission with a cyst in his wrist and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- IllnessProb Tues | probable
Holt sat out the previous game due to an illness but will likely suit up against the Giants on Tuesday.
- ToeLate Sept | 60-day IL
Wright has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a right big toe contusion. He also received a PRP injection in his right elbow and is likely to remain on the IL until at least the latter part of September.
- RestQues Sat | questionable
Benintendi is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Phillies as he is likely to be given a day of rest.
- Backout for season | 60-day IL
Pearce has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He has suffered a partially torn PCL in his rehabilitation and is projected to miss the remainder of the season.
- KneeQues Sat | questionable
Williams has been held out of the previous three games due to a left knee contusion and a head injury. It is unknown if he will be in Saturday's lineup versus the Mariners.
- Bicepout for season | out
Harvey has soreness in his right biceps that is expected to keep him out of action for the remainder of the season.
- HandProb Thurs | probable
Nunez has missed the past two games with a left hand injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
- BackProb Thurs | probable
Trumbo is expected to play Thursday against the Blue Jays despite a strained left trapezius.
- Upper BodyDoub Wed | doubtful
Trumbo has sat out the last two games due to a strained left trapezius and is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
- BicepQues Fri | questionable
Harvey is sidelined due to right biceps soreness, and it is unknown if he will be available against the Tigers on Friday.
baltimore-orioles Stats 2019