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MLB Little League Classic Red Sox at Orioles Pitchers Odds Picks

The MLB Little League Classic confrontation between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug 21st, 2022. The game will air live on ESPN from Muncy Bank Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. BookMaker sportsbook is opening up betting options throughout the MLB season. Now you can bet on any game, anytime.

The longest odds of any MLB team to make it to the playoffs, the Baltimore Orioles have surprised everyone. Playing a game in a Minor League ballpark to promote baseball to little leaguers would have been appropriate for them in previous years with a winning percentage below .340 in each of the past three full seasons while looking like a minor league square. The team was originally deep in a rebuilding year, but here it is contending for a playoff spot in the late stages of the season. They’ll wrap up a huge series against AL East rival Boston Red Sox on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Get all your MLB Betting Odds at BookMaker.eu

Odds Analysis

After Boston's terrible performance over the last couple of weeks, it seemed like their playoff hopes were all but gone. Fortunately, they rallied with a mini-win streak that started against Baltimore last week. They were able to win four of five games on the strength of their solid pitching, which has been missing most of the season. The Sox were held to 3 or fewer runs in half of the six games from June 9th to 13th. The team had given up 5+ runs in six of the eight games going into that span and had only one win.

It's really tough to understand why one team is so good one day and terrible the next. The Boston Red Sox has done this recently and it only adds to the confusion. They struggled in April but had a much better month in May with their win percentage increasing to around 77%. That month was a difficult one, but they were close to making the playoffs if they had been victorious against their division rivals. So far, the Sox have managed to win 4 of the 5 games against the Orioles but lost 15 out of 30 overall. It would be in their best interest to pick up the pace as they have 28 of their final 40 games against division rivals.

The Orioles were at the butt of a lot of jokes over the past few seasons and it was well deserved, as they were just terrible. Before the season, their win total was around 60.5 depending on the shop. Congratulations if you bet the OVER since they won 61 in their 116th game. The team is still in contention and you don’t get paid for games the team goes over their projected total for.

Fans outside Baltimore are wondering about their team's roster. Anthony Santander leads the team with 20 home runs and Cedric Mullins has 117 hits. Jordan Lyles leads the staff with nine wins. In trading Trey Mancini and reliever Jorge Lopez, the Orioles are still right in the thick of the playoff race. The Orioles, following a 61-55 win over Toronto on Tuesday, are the best team in baseball. The Cincinnati Reds are over $2,600 in the red on the Moneyline, more than $1,000 better than the Milwaukee Brewers.

Probable Pitchers

The Sox have gone through a lot of hurlers with 12 players starting multiple games this season. One constant, however, has been Nick Pivetta (9-9, 4.28 ERA), who makes his 25th start. He’s had his ups and downs, but Pivetta turned in his best effort of the year last time allowing just one hit over seven shutout innings to beat the Pirates. It was his first victory in nine starts. He’s had a pair of mixed outings against the O’s this year giving up six hits and three runs in 4.1 innings in a 9-5 loss on May 1. Four weeks later he surrendered five hits and one run in six innings in a 12-2 victory. The Sox cashed the OVER in Pivetta’s last three starts and in nine of his last 10 outings.

It’s been four years since the Manny Machado trade to LA and the O’s are starting to see it pay off. Following unproductive brief stints with the club the previous two seasons, Dean Kremer (5-4, 3.58 ERA) has become a contributor in the rotation. He tossed a season-high 98 pitches over seven innings last time out holding Toronto to two runs and seven hits to get his second win in three starts. Opponents hit .279 against Kremer, but he makes them work for runs. He allows just two walks / 9IP with seven home runs in 70.1 innings. He’s struggled against the Sox, though, giving up four runs and six hits in 5.2 innings in a loss last week and he has an uncomfortable 9.45 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in three-lifetime starts.

Red Sox vs. Orioles MLB Odds Pick

So far in the series, we've seen both starters struggle and the bullpens are questionable especially since the Orioles' closer got traded. This could lead to more runs. Three of the four games from the last MLB Little League Classic went over so you can bet that the total for tonight’s game will be high. We like the Orioles to win and improve on their solid outing at Coloso, a record crowd, and O's first game here in decades.

MLB Odds Prediction: Baltimore Orioles / OVER

 

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