MLB Odds: Red Sox, Orioles Nearly Dead Even Entering Two-Game Series

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The Boston Red Sox will be looking to climb out of third place in the American League East standings Tuesday when they open a two-game series against the division-rival Baltimore Orioles in a game pegged as a virtual pick’em at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Boston travels to Baltimore after kicking off an 11-game road trip Monday with a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians, leaving the team just 1 1/2 games back of the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays and one game back of Baltimore heading into Tuesday night’s Red Sox vs. Orioles betting matchup at Camden Yards.

The Red Sox hit the road on a high, sweeping the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game set at Fenway Park this past weekend, and now have ended a dismal 7-13 run with their first four-game winning streak since mid-July.

Once again, Boston’s fortunes have hinged on offense, which remains tops in the majors this season but also sputtered during the club’s recent slide, tallying three or fewer runs in 12 of 20 prior to their current win streak.

The Red Sox have turned on the power over their past four games, outscoring opponents 34-11. Despite the recent offensive outburst, though, taking the OVER in totals betting has been risky in recent Red Sox contests; the OVER has paid out in just two of their last four games, also failing to pay in consecutive games in over three weeks.

However, when Boston wins, it tends to win big, defeating opponents by two or more runs in seven of its past 10 victories, lifting its season total to 51, which places the team among baseball’s best runline wagers.

That trend also extends to recent dates with the Orioles, whom Boston has beaten by an average margin of over 4.6 runs in its past 11 wins. But Boston has struggled overall against the O’s, dropping four of its past five while going a 3-9 in its past 12 in Baltimore.

Fortunately, the Red Sox face an Orioles squad that has also struggled with consistency.

The Orioles traveled home on Monday after wrapping up their recent 10-game road trip with an 8-7 win in San Francisco on Sunday, leaving them with a 5-5 record on their trip. But Baltimore will be looking to pick up where it left off upon its  arrival home, with wins in 20 of its past 27 at Camden Yards since Boston’s most recent visit in early June.

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