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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

  • Dustin Pedroia

    Knee
    Prob Sun | 10-day IL

    Pedroia has been designated for the 10-day injured list with left knee irritation. He is expected to return to the lineup against the Rays on Sunday.

  • Eduardo Nunez

    Back
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Nunez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain, and it is unknown if he will return Sunday against the Rays.

  • Nathan Eovaldi

    Elbow
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Eovaldi has been placed on the 10-day injured list as he is set to undergo surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. He is projected to miss four to six weeks of action.

  • Brock Holt

    Eye
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Holt has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a scratched cornea in his right eye. He has suffered a setback during his rehab assignment, leaving his return date unclear.

  • Rafael Devers

    Rest
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Devers is not expected to suit up against the Tigers on Monday as he is to be rested.

  • Mitch Moreland

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Moreland left the previous game with back spasms, but it is not expected to impede his status for Sunday's matchup against the Rays.

  • Andrew Benintendi

    Foot
    Prob Fri | probable

    Benintendi missed his third-straight game with a right foot contusion, but it is anticipated that he will return to action against the Rays on Friday.

  • Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Flu
    Prob Tues | probable

    Bradley Jr. has missed the last two games with flu-like symptoms, but it is expected that he will feel better in time for Tuesday's contest against the Yankees.

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Baltimore Orioles

  • Nate Karns

    Forearm
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Karns is on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain and is expected to be out of action until the beginning of May.

  • Dwight Smith Jr.

    Quadricep
    Prob Tues | probable

    Smith Jr. was held out of the previous game due to right quadriceps tightness but is likely to draw back into the lineup against the White Sox on Tuesday.

  • Richard Bleier

    Shoulder
    Early May | 10-day IL

    Bleier is on the 10-day injured list with tendinitis in his left shoulder. He is expected to be on the shelf until the start of May.

  • Alex Cobb

    Back
    Prob Fri | 10-day IL

    Cobb is on the 10-day disabled list due to a lumbar strain but is expected to be activated in time for Friday's game versus the Twins.

  • Chris Davis

    Illness
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Davis has sat out the past two games due to an illness, and it is unknown if he will take part in Thursday's matchup against the Rays.

  • Austin Wynns

    Oblique
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Wynns has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain and is expected to be sidelined until the latter part of April.

  • Mark Trumbo

    Knee
    Late May | 60-day IL

    Trumbo has landed on the 60-day injured list while recovering from right knee surgery. He likely to be out of commission until at least the end of May.

  • Darren O'Day

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    O'Day has landed on the 10-day injured list due to forearm tightness. He suffered a setback during his rehabilitation and there is no timetable for return.

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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 24 24 95 22 33 10 0 6 14 61 0 22 0 .347 .642 .406
Renato Nunez 23 22 85 14 25 3 0 5 16 43 0 22 1 .294 .506 .348
Jonathan Villar 24 24 99 17 27 4 1 3 10 42 6 20 1 .273 .424 .333
Rio Ruiz 23 20 73 6 17 2 0 2 8 25 0 19 0 .233 .342 .329
Jesus Sucre 19 15 56 3 13 2 0 0 3 15 0 10 0 .232 .268 .271
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 10 0 35 9 0 19 3 0 14 0 0 1 7 239
Mike Wright 10 0 40 14 1 20 5 0 14 0 0 0 7 264
Jimmy Yacabonis 9 0 41 6 1 14 1 0 7 0 0 1 6 224
Mychal Givens 8 0 30 14 1 9 2 0 5 0 0 0 3 173
Paul Fry 8 0 27 7 0 6 1 0 4 0 0 0 4 151
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jesus Sucre 19 15 0 4 4 1 0 3
Cedric Mullins 22 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
Jonathan Villar 24 24 0 0 0 2 0 0
Mychal Givens 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Renato Nunez 23 22 0 0 0 1 0 0