2021-04-11
Boston Red Sox
Baltimore Orioles
League : MLB

Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox Prediction & Preview



 

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The Boston Red Sox are 4-3 and are on a bit of a winning streak after being swept by the Baltimore Orioles at home to begin the year. The bats were ice cold as they scored five runs in the three-game set. They will have righty Nick Pivetta is coming off a game against Tampa where he pitched five shutout innings while giving up two hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

The Baltimore Orioles are 4-3 and are coming off a 7-3 loss in their home opener on Thursday against these same Red Sox. They will have righty Jorge Lopez is coming off a game against the Yankees where he pitched 4.2 innings while giving up four runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

 

Get to Hitting

The Red Sox are in the process of rebuilding their franchise but have a good career hitter in J.D. Martinez. He is coming off an abbreviated season where he had a .213/.291/.389 slash line with seven homers and 27 RBI in 54 games. He had a good start of the 2021 campaign as he is 13-for-30 with two home runs and 12 RBI. If the rest of the lineup can get going, it will help out Martinez’s numbers look even better.

 

Nick Pivetta opened the season on a good note according to his Baseball Savant page as he did great. He is in the 34th percentile in average exit velocity, 46th percentile in hard-hit percentage, and 62nd percentile in barrel percentage. Pivetta has a three-pitch arsenal (fastball, slider, curveball) and really decreased his curveball usage compared to what he did in the abbreviated year last season. His fastball needs some improvement as hitters hit .303 against it since the beginning of the 2020 season. He needs to provide some innings to help out the rest of the pitching staff.

 

Welcome Back Trey!

The Baltimore Orioles had a lot of shakiness throughout their roster and no other player had a bigger impact than first baseman Trey Mancini. He is returning to the diamond after being diagnosed with stage three colon cancer and was forced to miss the 2020 season. He is having a rough start for the 2021 campaign as he is 5-for-28 with three RBI. If the rest of the lineup can get going, it will help out Mancini numbers look even better.

 

 

Jorge Lopez opened the season on a good note according to his Baseball Savant page as he did great. He is in the 74th percentile in average exit velocity, 64th percentile in hard-hit percentage, and 44th percentile in barrel percentage. Lopez has a four-pitch arsenal (fastball, sinker, curveball, changeup) and really decreased his curveball usage compared to what he did in the abbreviated year last season. His curveball needs some improvement as hitters hit .279 against it since the beginning of the 2020 season. He needs to provide some innings to help out the rest of the pitching staff.







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