Orioles-Red Sox Preview
The Boston Red Sox are highly unlikely to reach the postseason.
If they can’t beat the last-place Baltimore Orioles, such a playoff
run will be virtually impossible.
All-Star Clay Buchholz tries to beat the Orioles for the fourth
straight time when this series continues Tuesday at Fenway
Trailing Tampa Bay by 6 1/2 games in the AL wild-card race with
12 to play, the Red Sox (83-67) have little chance of advancing to
their fourth consecutive postseason. Boston does have two series
remaining against the division-leading New York Yankees, whom it
trails by eight games, but the Red Sox haven’t helped themselves
lately by dropping three of four, including Monday’s 4-2 loss to
Buchholz (16-7, 2.48 ERA) will try to get Boston back on track
after he did the same for himself in Wednesday’s 5-1 win at
Seattle. After going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his previous three
outings, the right-hander threw seven innings of one-run ball for
his first victory since Aug. 22.
“He came back and he was real crisp, and you could see his
fastball had a lot of life on it today,” manager Terry Francona
told the Red Sox’s official website.
The Orioles know how that looks all about how tough Buchholz can
be. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA in his last three
starts versus Baltimore, including a five-hitter in an 11-0 victory
at Camden Yards on June 4. His only other career shutout came was a
no-hitter against the Orioles on Sept. 1, 2007.
Buchholz, though, will now face a Baltimore club that has won 11
of 15 overall and eight of 10 on the road.
“It’s just been a long time since we’ve played this well down
the stretch,” second baseman Brian Roberts said. “Everyone is
playing well. Our starting pitchers are going deeper and deeper in
the game and giving us a chance to win.”
Baltimore (60-90), which is 28-17 since Buck Showalter took over
as manager Aug. 3, will give the ball to Brad Bergesen (7-10,
5.03). The right-hander needed just 95 pitches for his second
career complete game, a 3-1 victory over Toronto last
“That one felt really good,” Bergesen told the Orioles’ official
website. “Our team has been playing so well, it just makes it so
Bergesen, who needs one win to surpass his total from his 2009
rookie season, has yielded two runs or fewer in seven of his last
He is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts versus Boston this
Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, 3 for 7 against Bergesen, is
batting .407 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last six
Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott is batting .462 in four
games at Fenway this season, but is 1 for 13 lifetime versus
The Orioles, who lost 29 of 36 in Boston from 2006-09, are 3-4
there in 2010.