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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MLB : Baltimore-Boston at Fenway Park

The Baltimore Orioles are off to another hot start in the American League East. But they’ll be tested this week when they take on the Boston Red Sox in a four-game series at Fenway Park. The finale is Thursday night at 7:10 PM ET on NESN and the MLB Network. Ubaldo Jimenez (6.98 FIP) is scheduled to throw for Baltimore against knuckleballer Steven Wright (7.69 FIP).

Both of these pitchers have stumbled out of the gate in 2017. Jimenez has delivered only one quality start in five appearances, but the Orioles’ bats have bailed him out for a 4-1 team record and 3.40 betting units in profit. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter says Jimenez will take his regular turn in the rotation Thursday, but this could be his last chance to avoid getting demoted to the bullpen.

Wright also just has one quality start in five games, but the Red Sox haven’t given him the same support, leaving them with a team record of 1-4 and 3.38 units in debt. One of those games was a 4-2 loss to Baltimore on April 22; Wright allowed all four runs in 3.2 innings, dropping the cash as a slim –104 road dog.

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The scoreboard at Fenway Park could get a workout Thursday night (7:10 PM ET, NESN) when the Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles. Projected starters Steven Wright (7.69 FIP) and Ubaldo Jimenez (6.98 FIP) have both pitched very poorly, sending the over to a combined 7-3 record.

Jimenez has been the more fortunate of the two. Baltimore’s bats have bailed him out this year, winning four of his five starts, while the Red Sox have gone 1-4 with Wright on the mound. He doesn’t appear to have recovered from the shoulder issues that derailed last year’s All-Star campaign.

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