Historic Fenway Park will host the Red Sox season opener, as they welcome the Baltimore Orioles to town. Fenway Park normally has one of the best crowds in baseball, however with the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be an eerie sight, as Fenway Park will basically be empty. The Red Sox at -192 will be favored to win this game. Let’s take a look at how things will look for the Red Sox and the Orioles on Friday night at Fenway in this Orioles Vs Red Sox showdown so you can you set down your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Orioles Vs Red Sox Betting Preview
Nathan Eovaldi will get the nod on Opening Day for the Red Sox. Eovaldi struggled with shoulder issues in 2019 and finished the season with a 2-1 record with a 5.99 ERA in 23 appearances. In 67 innings pitched, he struck out 70 hitters. The Red Sox are hoping that Eovaldi regains his 2018 form. In his career at Fenway, Eovaldi is 5-2 with a 4.81 ERA. He is 3-1 with a 5.62 ERA in his career against Baltimore.
As of right now, Eovaldi will be opposed by Baltimore ace John Means. Means went from a relative unknown to Baltimore’s All Star Game representative. The Rookie of the Year runner-up went 12-11 with a 3.60 ERA last season. As long as Means gets through a little bout with a dead arm, he should be on the hill for Friday night’s game.
Boston’s lineup won’t be quite as potent in 2020. The Red Sox traded former American League MVP, Mookie Betts, to the Dodgers in the offseason. With the loss of Betts, the Red Sox will be led by JD Martinez, Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts, and up-and-coming star Rafael Devers. These four will look to lead the Boston offense, and pick up the lost production from Betts. Boston should still have one of the better lineups in the American League, but when you lose a player the caliber of Mookie Betts, you lose a lot of production.
As for the Orioles offense, they are a relatively unknown group. With Trey Mancini out this season as he battles colon cancer, you’ll be hard pressed to recognize many names in the potential lineup for the Orioles. Chris Davis is a name that people will know, but for the wrong reasons. After a couple of very productive seasons, Davis has been one of the worst hitters in baseball. He’s hoping to get back to his old form in 2020.
Renato Nunez could be the top hitter in Baltimore’s lineup. He had 31 homers and 91 RBI’s last season. He strikes out a lot, but he will be depended on to lead the Orioles offense. Combine Nunez with Jose Iglesias and many other unproven youngsters, and it could be a long 60 games for Baltimore this year.
It will be odd to see Fenway empty on Friday night. The Boston crowd always provides a ton of energy for the Red Sox. On paper, it looks like Boston should get off to a great start, as they are playing a team with very few known commodities. If Boston plays to it’s capabilities, they should have a nice start to the 2020 season.