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Orioles @ Red Sox Preview: Playoffs On The Horizon


While the Boston Red Sox could clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Baltimore Orioles tonight, that seems to be the last thing on their mind.

“We’re definitely not looking forward,” Jonny Gomes, Red Sox outfielder, said. “Obviously you can smell it. Spring Training, offseason, you get yourself ready for 162 games, because you never know. We’re in shape for 162 games, and we’re going to play all 162 out.”

If the Red Sox win and the Cleveland Indians lose to the Kansas City Royals the Red Sox have secured their postseason run.

The Red Sox have not won the AL East since 2007 but appear to be well on their way to doing so this year.

The Orioles, on the other hand, are trying to keep their AL Wild Card hopes alive.  They are two games behind from taking a Wild Card spot away from the Tampa Bay Rays or the Texas Rangers.  The Indians only sit .5 games back, though.  The Orioles will have to start winning consistently and regularly and need the teams ahead of them to take some losses to get the Wild Card spot.

The Orioles seem to be getting into winning ways.  They were able to best the Red Sox in the first game of the series yesterday 3-2.  They will be looking to keep adding Ws to their record.


Baltimore will start lefty Wei-Yin Chen.  His last outing was against the New York Yankees on Thursday.  Chen gave up five runs, with three coming early in the game.  He would hone-in later in the game and go seven innings.  Chen will be looking to even out his uneven game pitching against the Red Sox.


Right-hander Jake Peavy will be starting for the Red Sox.  He has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his eight last starts.  Since joining the Red Sox (Peavy came over from the Chicago White Sox) he has put up a 3.66 ERA.  Arguable the best closer in the MLB, Koji Uehara will close the game for Boston.

The Red Sox are the favorites in this game according to Bovada.  The Red Sox have a moneyline at -150.  To bet on the Orioles the moneyline is at +130.  The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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