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.