After losing 2 of 3 in early April versus the Orioles in Boston the Sox travel to Campden Yards to fight for those games back and they are now ready to show them who is the top of the AL East. The Sox enter this series up a few games to the Orioles and hope to make that gap even larger by the end of this series while the Orioles won't be able to get all the games back but can come very close to it. Despite scoring five runs with 13 hits - 12 singles - over the last two games, the Red Sox are hitting .303 with 24 homers while averaging 6.3 runs during a 13-6 stretch.Carp has been a pleasant surprise, going 12 for 25 (.480) with three homers and eight RBIs over his last seven games, increasing his season average 55 points to .330. He's 3 for 16 in six meetings with the Orioles.Manny Machado is on the brink of matching his career-high 11-game hitting streak set from April 22-May 2. The 20-year-old third baseman hit .426 during that run compared to only .262 over the past 10 games.He's batting .406 with nine RBIs over his last eight games with Boston and he's 3 for 5 with a homer versus Doubront.
Game 1: Felix Doubront (4-3) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-3)
Last year the Orioles drafter Kevin Gausman fourth overall from LSU and tonight he will hit the mound still searching for his first big league win of his career but stopping him from that will be the power offense of the Boston Red Sox. He was tagged for seven runs in 4 1-3 innings of an 8-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday. On Thursday, the 22-year-old will encounter the division-leading Red Sox for the first time, as he has a chance to set the tone for Baltimore in the first affair of a four-game set at Camden Yards. There was much hype for Kevin as a prospect but nothing has really gone his way. The Sox who have won 13 of their last 19 will also send a young gun to the mound, Felix Doubront. Doubront is in a rhythm. The lefty has made four consecutive quality starts, posting a 3.00 ERA during that time. In his last start, the Angels scored three runs in six innings off him and he was pegged with the loss. Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, on the 60-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, took batting practice in the cages at Camden Yards prior to Wednesday's game against the Angels so for all we know there might be a surprise visit for a few swings at game this series. Two youngsters trying to make their mark in this league will be taking the mound tonight in hope to impress their coaches and the fans and it will be an interesting game to watch!
Prediction: Red Sox win 7-2