Baltimore hosts Boston following Means’ strong performance
Baltimore; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Orioles favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Orioles are 9-11 against teams from the AL East. Baltimore’s team on-base percentage of .301 is last in the American League. Trey Mancini leads the lineup with an OBP of .380.
The Red Sox are 7-8 in division games. Boston’s team on-base percentage of .325 is third in the American League. J.D. Martinez leads the club with an OBP of .379. The Orioles won the last meeting 4-1. John Means earned his fourth victory and Jonathan Villar went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for Baltimore. Josh A. Smith registered his first loss for Boston.
TOP PERFORMERS: Mancini leads the Orioles with 41 hits and has 14 RBIs. Villar is 10-for-41 with four doubles, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Baltimore.
LAST 10 GAMES: Orioles: 4-6, .239 batting average, 4.20 ERA, outscored by 17 runs
Red Sox: 6-4, .268 batting average, 2.65 ERA, outscored opponents by 29 runs
Red Sox Injuries: David Price: 10-day IL (left elbow tendinitis), Brian Johnson: 10-day IL (elbow), Nathan Eovaldi: 10-day IL (elbow), Dustin Pedroia: 10-day IL (knee), Tzu-Wei Lin: 10-day IL (left knee sprain), Brock Holt: 10-day IL (eye).