The Boston Red Sox will look for their fourth win in their last five outings when they return home from a five-game road trip Tuesday to face the American League East rival Baltimore Orioles as narrow -115 moneyline favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Red Sox have received some welcome offensive production in the last week, outscoring opponents 40-23 over their last six games and lifting them into the middle of the pack among AL clubs in runs scored after languishing near the basement for most of the first two months of the season.
But the club has a lot of work to do to get back into the AL East race. Boston enters Tuesday’s Orioles vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park 8.5 games back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays in the standings, and a worrisome nine games under .500 at 31-40.
The Red Sox also find themselves amid a five-game losing streak against Baltimore after being swept in a three-game series earlier this month at Camden Yards and are 3-7 in 10 games against the Orioles this season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
Right-hander Joe Kelly will get the call for Boston in Tuesday’s opener. Kelly takes a 2-4 record into his 14th start of the season and will gun for his second win in his fourth start against Baltimore overall.
Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to be on the mound for the Orioles. Jimenez picked up wins in his last two starts to improve his record to 5-3 while helping Baltimore amass an impressive 13-4 record over its last 17 games.
Despite the Orioles’ strong play this month, they remain third in the division standings, 2.5 games back of the Rays. However, the defending AL East champs are starting to get noticed at the sportsbooks, who have boosted their World Series odds to 28-1 after they had faded to 33-1.
Boston took two of three in Kansas City over the weekend, but the Royals remain perched atop those MLB futures, deadlocked with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers at 15-2 to win the World Series.
The St. Louis Cardinals have dropped three of their last five, ending a five-game win streak, but maintain strong 8-1 World Series odds. They are closely trailed by the San Francisco Giants, who are pegged at 11-1 after taking two of three from the Dodgers on the weekend to close within 1.5 games of top spot in the National League West.
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