The last place Baltimore Orioles will host the first place Boston Red Sox as the AL East foes conclude a four game series Sunday afternoon from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox will give the start to 29-year old left-hander Chris Sale, and the Orioles will counter with 30-year old right-hander Alex Cobb. The Red Sox own an 11-2 lead in the season-series.
Sale Extends Shutout Streak to 23 Innings
Chris Sale will return from the 10-day DL for his 23rd start of the year in this one. Sale last saw action on July 27th and he was dominant once again, tossing six shutout innings against the Twins, resulting in the no-decision in a game the Red Sox won 4-3. The 6-foot-6 left-hander is having a Cy Young calibre season, registering a dazzling 2.04 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP accompanied with an 11-4 record in 141 innings of work. Sale has silenced the Orioles in both meeting this season, holding them to two runs in 11 innings, and he owns a 6-2 record with an excellent 2.67 ERA in 67.1 career innings. Sale has not allowed a run over his last three starts run spanning 23 consecutive innings.
J.D. Martinez continues to dominate his AL opponents, amassing another 15 hits with 12 RBI’s in his last eight games. The 30-year old right fielder is a candidate for the AL MVP and he features remarkable numbers, posting a .332 average with a Major League leading 35 home runs and 101 RBI’s. Martinez is 17 for 49 with seven home runs and 15 RBI’s against the Orioles this season. The Reds Sox are red-hot at the plate and they lead the Majors with an average of 5.50 runs per game. The Boston pitching staff features a 3.54 team ERA, good for third in the Major Leagues.
Cobb Shines in Third Straight Quality Start
Alex Cobb will make his 22nd start of the season, hoping to continue where he left off in his latest performance. Cobb was brilliant in his previous start, limiting the Rays to only one run in seven innings, however he received little run support and finished with the no-decision in a game the Orioles’ lost. The veteran right-hander has only allowed a combined two runs in his last two starts. Overall Cobb is having a rough season, posting a 5.55 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP accompanied with a 3-14 record in 116.2 innings of work. The Red Sox have hit him hard as he has squandered 11 runs (10 earned) in 10 innings this season, and he owns a 7-5 record with a 4.04 ERA in 91.1 career innings against the division rivals.
Mark Trumbo is locked in at the plate, belting five home runs along with 12 RBI’s in his last eight games. The eight-year veteran slugger is having a subpar season, registering a .270 average with 17 home runs and 42 RBI’s. Trumbo has not fared well against the Red Sox pitching, hitting .231 with five RBI’s in 39 at bats. The Orioles are scoring an average of only 3.98 runs per game, ranking them 25th in the Majors. The Baltimore pitching staff owns a terrible 5.05 team ERA, positioning them 29th overall