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With their ace on the mound, are the Boston Red Sox going to have any problems picking up a win at home over the Baltimore Orioles today at 1:05PM ET? The Orioles will give the call to 25-year old right-hander Dylan Bundy, and the Red Sox will counter with 29-year old left-hander Chris Sale.

Each Sox batter reached base at least once, and Rafael Devers broke out of a mini-slump with a 3-for-5 night. Plus, new pitcher Alex Cobb would be making his first start of the season. Baltimore has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Araujo kept the Sox at bay for his two innings of work, but they added a seventh run in the sixth when Moreland sprinted in from third on a wild pitch by Mike Wright Jr. Numbers like that don't lie, and I think you have to take the Red Sox on the run line to maximize the value of the bet. Boston pounded out a season-high 15 hits, with Martinez collecting three and Benintendi, Ramirez, Blake Swihart, Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin each chipping in two.

Showalter lowered his expectations for this first start, but he's confident the Orioles made a wise investment in Cobb. They own a 4.60 team ERA, positioning them 22nd in the Majors. Sale was stellar in his latest effort, limiting the tough Yankees lineup to only one run in six strong innings, leading to his first win of the season.

He lasted six innings and allowed one earned run and five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. Sale recorded 308 strikeouts over 214 innings previous year (32 starts), while finishing the season 17-8 overall with a 2.90 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

The 30-year-old Cobb missed almost the entire two previous seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. Cashner has been rolling for the Orioles to start the season and has held opposing hitters to a lowly.194 batting average through his first three starts.

The Red Sox, who already have Xander Bogaerts on the disabled list, had a bit of a scare Saturday when Mookie Betts suffered a left foot contusion on a slide home and had to leave the game.

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The Red Sox are 12-2, their best-ever start through 14 games. Only once - in 1918 - had Boston started 11-2.

Along with the two losses this weekend, Baltimore has dropped four of its last five games. Currently, 65% of the wagers are going on the Red Sox at home today.

11-1 in their last 12 games.

The Orioles offense has slashed.222/.294/.351 on its way to 3.3 runs scored per game this year, including 4.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over the team's last five outings (1-4 SU).

19-7 in their last 26 games against the AL East. He already had one injury scare this month, missing Friday's game against the Orioles after taking a fastball to his wrist against NY.

The Orioles have gained 0.1 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. In his career, Bundy is 3-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Boston. The Orioles lineup is only hitting a combined.208 against Sale, and the under is 4-1 in the Orioles last five games in the third game of a series.

What a difference a week makes; they began the year scoring just 21 runs in their first seven games, but came home to Fenway Park and have since been on fire, putting up 62 runs in their past seven games.

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