Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox, 4-15-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts and Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop

The Boston Red Sox continued their franchise-best start to the 2018 season with a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on Saturday.

As for the Orioles, they are off to a shaky start.

Schoop, 26, is batting.230 with one home run in 14 games this season.

Although Betts wasn't able to match his monster 2016 season, which featured a career-best.897 OPS, he still hit 24 home runs and stole 26 bases a year ago.

The Red Sox jumped on Cobb early, scoring in the first inning on an RBI double to left field from Andrew Benintendi and a two-run homer into the Monster seats by Hanley Ramirez. The 30-year old slugger has developed into an elite hitter, and he is now hitting.250 with two homers and 11 RBI's on the season. The Red Sox are likely going to struggle generating offense until the budding superstar is cleared to return.

Cobb was trailing 3-0 after Boston's third batter, first baseman Hanley Ramirez, hit a two-run home run in the first, and he gave up another in the third on designated hitter J.D. Martinez's homer and four more in the fourth.

With one out in the third, Cobb started J.D.

"You know when you visit someone and they're confident and they tell you things you want to hear?"

Hector Velazquez navigated through the first five innings to win it for the Red Sox, allowing only a two-run homer to Pedro Alvarez in the fifth.

11-1 in their last 12 games. That won't fly against Sale, who is stingy on the mound to begin with, and has won his last five career starts against the O's by a coming score of 31-8, including a 21-5 margin in three starts as a member of the Red Sox.

Cora and Ramirez may not be surprised, but few expected this production from the Sox slugger through the first three weeks of the regular season. "It was exciting to see him out there today". The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 7-3 on Friday night. "When he's locked in and when he's healthy a he's very risky". That was followed by an RBI double to left field by Ramirez, which put the Red Sox up 7-0.

"He was driving the ball all over the place", Cora said of Ramirez's BP session Saturday. "You can make all the excuses in the world, but at the end of the day, you've got to figure out a way to get sharp, get sharp quickly, and get on a good roll, and I plan to do that this work week".

If the latest ailment forces him back out of the lineup, Blake Swihart figures to receive any extra starts that come from Betts' absence. The over's hit in six of those games, compared to four which went under the total.

Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each added two hits from the bottom two spots in the order. We've got a lot more other worries than Alex Cobb pitching.

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