Baltimore Orioles (0-0) at Boston Pink Sox (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 2:10 pm (Fenway Park)
John Means (0-0) (0.00) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Boston Pink Sox -171 / Baltimore Orioles +157 — Over/Beneath: 9.5
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Pink Sox meet in MLB opening day motion from Fenway Park.
The Baltimore Orioles come into the 2021 marketing campaign seeking to shake off a irritating 2020 season that noticed the O’s end the abbreviated 60-game season with a report of 25-35, their fourth straight shedding season however first season since their final journey to the playoffs in 2015, that Baltimore didn’t end useless final within the AL East. The Orioles parted methods with a few their greatest gamers in Hanser Alberto, Renato Nunez and Jose Iglesias, however that’s to be anticipated if you’re stripping all the pieces down in a rebuild just like the Orioles have been doing for a while. The Orioles nonetheless have some stable items like Anthony Santander who had 11 dwelling runs and 32 RBIs with a .261 batting common final season whereas Ryan Mountcastle was stable in his debut foray with the large group, hitting for a .333 BA in 35 video games. The 2 issues to look at this season would be the return of Trey Mancini which is a welcome sight after coping with most cancers remedy in 2020, lacking the season, and the incoming debut of Adley Rutschman who will possible be the cornerstone behind dwelling plate Baltimore for years to return. The first total choose in 2019 is understood for having an correct gun of an arm behind dwelling plate and has stable plate abilities as a switch-hitting catcher. John Means was arguably the ace of Baltimore’s rotation final yr and can make the beginning on opening day after going 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA and 42 strikeouts final season. In his profession, Means is 3-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 21 strikeouts towards Boston.
The Boston Pink Sox come into the 2021 season seeking to shake off one of many worst seasons in franchise historical past, ending the abbreviated 2020 season with a report of 24-36, and the .400 win proportion was the Pink Sox’ worst proportion to complete a season since 1965 and Boston’s first last-place end since 2015. Alex Cora is again on the bench for the Pink Sox after his suspension for his involvement within the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, and the Pink Sox nonetheless have a good battling lineup, flanked with Alex Verdugo batting leadoff together with Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Christian Vazquez and Enrique Hernandez littered all through the lineup. The pitching rotation is the bugaboo for the Pink Sox as there’s a drop-off early on from Eduardo Rodriguez to the likes of Nathan Eovaldi and Martin Perez, however the pending return of Chris Sale is certain to elevate spirits up in Beantown. Talking of Eovaldi, he’s anticipated to get the nod on opening day after going 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 2020. In his profession, Eovaldi is 6-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 54 strikeouts towards Baltimore.
Baltimore is 62-145 of their final 207 street video games and 26-78 of their final 104 sequence opening matchups whereas the over is 5-1 of their final 6 video games total. Boston is 5-2 of their final 7 video games total and 12-27 of their final 39 dwelling video games whereas the over is 4-0 of their final 4 video games as a house favourite. Baltimore is 15-36 within the final 51 conferences between these two groups.
I get that Eovaldi has nice numbers towards the O’s in his profession, however one thing nonetheless feels flawed that he’s this huge of a favourite even with the Pink Sox lineup behind him and the O’s in a rebuild. Baltimore had essentially the most success behind John Means final season, and he could also be one of many few brilliant spots of this Orioles group this yr. It’s opening day, something can occur and passing up this type of plus cash is just not one thing I really feel like doing.
The choose on this article is the opinion of the author, not a Sports activities Chat Place website consensus.