Series Preview: Orioles (13-29) @ Red Sox (29-14)

A shot from inside Fenway Park during a game.

After concluding their eight-game home stand with a 4-1 loss against the Phillies, the Orioles are set to kick off an eleven-game road trip by taking on the Red Sox for a four-game set at Fenway.

The Orioles (13-29) have been in solid form with a 5-2 record over their last seven games, but they’ll be looking to end their misery on the road this season during their upcoming three-legged stint away from Camden Yards. They’ve gone just 3-16 and have lost twelve straight while on tour as they head up to Boston.

The Red Sox (29-14) have cooled down considerably as of late. After starting the season with a sparkling 21-7 record through April, they’ve gone 8-7 thus far in May and trail the Yankees by half a game for first place in the AL East.

Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.18 ERA) will take on David Price (3-4, 4.89 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

Gausman has been in excellent form this season, and after holding the Rays to two runs over 7 1/3 innings in his latest winning effort, he’s now allowed just two runs over 16 1/3 innings through two starts in May. Over his last five outings, Gausman has posted a 2-1 record and a stellar 1.75 ERA over 36 innings of work.

Price earned the win after holding the Blue Jays to two runs over 5 1/3 innings during his last start, and he and the Red Sox will be hoping this is a sign of a turnaround. He had allowed 16 earned runs over 17 innings in the three starts prior to his last.

Alex Cobb (0-5, 7.06 ERA) will take the mound against Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 5.47 ERA) on Friday.

Cobb took the loss in his last start against the Rays after allowing three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings, and is still on the hunt for his first win as an Oriole. However, he has shook off his nightmare start to the season by posting a stout 3.06 ERA over his last 17 2/3 innings.

Pomeranz made an early exit during his last start after allowing three runs on five hits over four innings against Toronto, and will be looking to return to form against Baltimore. He had posted two straight quality starts and gave up just five runs over 12 innings prior to his start versus the Blue Jays.

Dylan Bundy (2-5, 4.53 ERA) will match-up against Rick Porcello (5-1, 3.28 ERA) on Saturday.

Bundy was superb during his latest outing against the Rays and allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings as he cruised to his second win of the season. Bundy will be hoping for more of the same after getting tagged in each of his three starts prior to his last. During that span, he had allowed a whopping 19 runs over just nine innings of work.

Porcello took the loss after giving up five runs over six innings during his last start in Oakland, and will be looking to avoid a third straight off-key start. He’s allowed 10 runs over his last 11 1/3 innings of work. Prior to his recent struggles, Porcello went 5-0 with an outstanding 2.14 ERA over his first seven starts of the season.

The Orioles haven’t named a starter to go against Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1, 4.68 ERA) in the series finale on Sunday.

Will it be David Hess? Miguel Castro? Or the people’s champ, Richard Bleier? Stay tuned.

Rodriguez took his first loss of the season after giving up three runs over five innings against Oakland. He’s now winless through three starts in May after going 3-0 during the month of April.

 

Notes

Adam Jones carries an 11-game hit streak into Boston. During that span, he’s gone 15-for-44 at the plate with three home runs and five RBI.

Trey Mancini has gone 9-for-26 with eight runs, three homers and six RBI over his last seven games.

Manny Machado has gone 9-for-28 with eight runs, four homers and eleven RBI over his last seven contests.

Mookie Betts continues to light the world on fire for the Red Sox. During the month of May, he’s gone 22-for-60 at the plate with five doubles, five homers and ten RBI.

– J.D. Martinez is also in red-hot form at the moment. Through fifteen games in May, he’s gone 21-for-59 with three doubles, seven home runs and fourteen RBI.

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