By Matt Straub
A day off gave the Boston Red Sox a chance to recover from a wild come-from-behind win over Oakland Sunday to complete a sweep of the A’s, about the only team Boston has beaten regularly this year. Still, a sweep and a day to feel good about yourself with a relatively short trip gives Boston a chance to build on something.
After Baltimore’s recent resurgence into relevance, this year is disappointing, but there’s plenty of time to fix it. Here’s a look at what two teams trying to get on track can do against each other in an interesting divisional matchup.
Boston Red Sox (27-31, 4th place AL East)
at Baltimore Orioles (26-30, last place AL East)
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
Eduardo Rodriguez (2-0, 0.61 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (5-4, 3.54)
Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.
Rick Porcello (4-5, 5.01) vs. Wei-Yen Chen 1-4, 3.18)
Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
Wade Miley (5-5, 4.67) vs. Chris Tillman (3-7, 5.61)
Three Orioles To Watch
1. Adam Jones might be one of the most underrated players in baseball. The outfielder is having another outstanding season, and has been especially hot lately, going 10-for-25 last week. He can still play defense as well, making him a dual threat.
2. Matt Wieters is back with Baltimore after a long injury layoff, making the Orioles’ offense deeper. Maybe he never became the huge star people thought at first, but he brings a couple of extra dimensions to Baltimore at the worst time for the Red Sox.
3. Chen can’t catch a break. I’m bigger on win-loss more than most people are these days, but it’s hard to argue he’s a losing pitcher when you look at a 3.18 ERA. Porcello has been awful lately, so this is a big matchup for the Orioles.
Boston comes home off the quick trip to face Toronto.