7:00 PM ET, August 28, 2013
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Baltimore: Norris (9-10, 4.22 ERA)
Boston: Lackey (8-11, 3.17 ERA)
The Boston Red Sox are currently on a three-game winning streak that has helped give them a cushion atop the AL East.
Tonight, Red Sox scheduled starter John Lackey will get some support offensively and YouWager experts consider that may help the team increase that lead.
After a pair of offensive outbursts in their most recent wins, Boston will try to keep things going at the plate tonight as they continue this three-game set with the visiting Baltimore Orioles.
The Red Sox (78-55) were tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the division on Sunday, but winning three games in a row — while putting up 20 runs in their last two — has moved Boston 2 1/2 games clear of Tampa Bay.
Lackey (8-11, 3.17 ERA) will try to help his club to their first four-game winning streak since the All-Star break.
After missing all of last MLB season due to Tommy John surgery, Lackey’s ERA is his lowest since a career-best 3.01 with the Los Angeles Angels in 2007. The right-hander is also averaging a personal-low 1.95 walks per nine innings.
However, according to the baseball moneyline, Lackey owns a losing record thanks in part to being backed by an average of 2.4 runs over his past nine games, getting none in five of those.
The Texas native is 2-6 with a 3.67 ERA over that stretch, and could’ve used some help in Friday’s 2-0 loss versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2002 World Series Champion allowed a two-run homer in the fourth while tossing a three-hitter as the offense mustered a pair of singles.
The 34 year-old player split two starts against the Orioles (70-60) with a 4.73 ERA, but those meetings came away from home. In nine starts at Fenway Park this baseball season, Lackey is 5-2 with a 2.07 ERA that’s the AL’s second-best mark at home.
Baltimore is 3 1/2 games back of the Oakland Athletics for the AL’s second wild-card spot, but have dropped four of seven after matching their season high for runs allowed Tuesday.
Starting for the O’s will be Bud Norris (9-10, 4.22) as he tries to put his worst start with his new team behind him. The 28 year-old was battered for seven runs, nine hits and two homers in 4 2/3 innings of a 9-7 win over the Athletics on Friday.
The right-hander’s 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in two career starts against Boston, and that loss came in his only visit to Fenway Park on April 28.