The Baltimore Orioles are so close, they can taste it. They haven’t been in the postseason for a while but they appear to be in good shape to end that drought. All it takes is one more good week – or one more so-so week – and they’re in.
Playing the role of spoiler will be the Boston Red Sox, who could really use a decent finish to head into the offseason with some optimism. It’s been a tumultuous season for the Red Sox and they’ve fallen way short of their expectations but dragging the Orioles down with them should help them feel better about themselves.
When Boston visits Baltimore for their weekend series, the O’s will put three pitchers on the mound who all have at least eight wins and have combined for 28 in total. The Red Sox trio has won just 16.
The Red Sox will start off with Daisuke Matsuzaka on Thursday night as he takes on Chris Tillman, Friday’s matchup will feature Aaron Cook and Bruce Chen and Saturday’s contest will pit Felix Doubront against Wei-Yin Chen.
On the surface, it may seem like the MLB odds are against Boston as they have been spiraling downward in the second half of the season and the Orioles have been playing well. Last week, the O’s took two of three from Boston but it’s worth noting that one game went to extra innings while the other was a 4-2 win for Baltimore. With a couple of breaks, the Red Sox could have come away with the series win.
Following this three-game set, the Red Sox will finish up their regular season with three games against the New York Yankees. As painful as this season has been for Red Sox faithful, it feels like the end can’t come soon enough.