The Boston Red Sox will look to extend their lead atop the American League East standings Tuesday night when they continue their series with the division rival Baltimore Orioles as slight +110 underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston moved four games ahead of second-place Baltimore with a 5-2 win Monday and now is unbeaten in its past five games heading into Tuesday night’s Red Sox vs. Orioles betting matchup at Camden Yards.
The Red Sox ended a two-game losing streak against the Orioles with the win and could all but bury Baltimore’s AL East title chances with a series victory.
The Red Sox have caught fire at the right time, rebounding from an uneven August which they closed out on a 3-5 run that left them sitting two games back of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 1. The final month of the campaign has brought a reversal of fortune for the Red Sox and Blue Jays, with Boston going on a 12-5 tear this month, while the Blue Jays have experienced a September slide, opening the month on a 5-11 run that leaves them battling the Orioles for a wild-card spot.
Monday night’s victory in Baltimore kicks off a 10-day road trip for Boston that also includes visits to Tampa Bay and New York.
The Red Sox are coming off a four-game sweep of New York that devastated the Yankees’ unlikely late charge to the postseason, dropping them 8 1/2 games back in the AL East race. However, Boston cannot overlook its upcoming series with the Rays, winners in three of their past five meetings, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
Boston’s surge has not gone unnoticed at the sportsbooks, where it has soared on the World Series odds to +700 and trails only the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians on the AL pennant odds at +375.
On Tuesday, southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez is expected to be on the bump for Boston, searching for his first win since July 16. The 23-year-old threw eight innings of one-hit ball in Oakland earlier this month, but came away with a no-decision in Boston’s 1-0 loss. Rodriguez got a rougher ride in his last outing, lasting just 2 1/3 innings and allowing eight hits and four earned runs in the Red Sox’s 7-5 win over the Yankees.
The Orioles respond Tuesday with Kevin Gausman, who held the Red Sox to just four hits over 8 2/3 innings in Baltimore’s 1-0 win last week at Fenway Park.
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