The Boston Red Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles in their annual Patriots’ Day game Monday morning from Fenway Park. The Orioles will give the call to 30-year old right-hander Dan Straily, and 30-year old right-hander Hector Velazquez is expected to take the mound for the Red Sox. The Red Sox won the first game of the series 6-4 on Friday, and the Orioles won Saturday’s contest by a 9-5 score.
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Straily Hit Hard in First Two Outings
Dan Straily will make his third appearance and second start of the season, eying his first victory. Straily was shelled in his latest effort, surrendering five runs including two home runs in 3.1 innings against the Athletics. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs in 1.1 innings against the Yankees in his only other appearance this season. Straily has conceded seven runs (six earned) in nine career innings against the Red Sox. Xander Boagaerts is 1 for 5 against Straily, while Mookie Betts and JD Martinez are both 1 for 3.
Cheers, #Baltimore!Chris Davis knocks a 2-run single in the 1st. pic.twitter.com/E9emfDa6B5— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 13, 2019
Joey Rickard hasn’t been able to find his swing this season, hitting an abysmal .189, and he has yet to record an RBI this month. The 27-year old right fielder went 9 for 38 with two RBI’s against the Red Sox last season, and he is 0 for 4 in this series. Rickard collected 23 RBI’s in 79 games in 2018.
Baltimore is scoring an average of 4.73 runs per game, ranking them 15th in the Majors. The Orioles pitching staff continues to falter, carrying a terrible 6.41 team ERA on the season, pegging them 29th overall. Baltimore possesses a 5-3 road record heading into Sunday’s action.
Velazquez Makes Spot Start
Hector Velazquez will be used in a spot starting role in this one. Velazquez made a spot start on April 7th and he tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Diamondbacks. The third-year right-hander has allowed four runs (three earned) in 9.2 innings this season. Velazquez has limited the Orioles to four runs paired with a 1-0 record 11.2 career innings. Trey Mancini is 3 for 5 against Velazquez, while Joey Rickard and Jonathan Villar are both 0 for 2.
No doubter! pic.twitter.com/tvN9cQ7FFv— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 13, 2019
Andrew Benintendi dominated the Orioles pitching last season, recording a stellar .385 average with four home runs and 21 RBI’s in 65 plate appearances, and he is 3 for 6 with one RBI through two games in this series. The 24-year old left fielder is hitting .318 this month, and he owns a .286 average with one homer and six RBI’s on the season. Boston holds a 2-2 record at Fenway Park heading into Sunday’s contest.
The Red Sox are averaging 4.60 runs per game, ranking them 18th in the big leagues. The Boston pitching has played a large role in their slow start to the season. They own a weak 6.27 team ERA, positioning them 28th in the Majors.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 38-14 in their last 52 games against a team with a losing record.
- 12-3 in their last 15 games in the fourth game of a series.
- 9-2 in their last 11 Monday games.
The Baltimore Orioles are:
- 6-20 in their last 26 games against the Red Sox.
- 3-9 in their last 12 games at Fenway Park.
- 5-15 in their last 20 Monday games.