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Orioles vs Red Sox Free Pick May 4, 2012

The Baltimore Orioles visit Fenway Park Friday night for game one of a weekend series against the Boston Red Sox. Baltimore has started lightning fast this season and is 16-9, their best start since 2005. This is the first time the teams have met since Baltimore took five of seven from Boston last season, when the Red Sox blew a nine-game lead in their division.

Boston is 11-13 on the season and has started slow with new manager Bobby Valentine. In the first game of the series, the Red Sox will use ace Jon Lester. Lester is 1-2 on the season with an ERA of 4.65. Lester is 14-0 lifetime against the Orioles in 18 career starts, with an ERA of 2.36. At Fenway Park Lester is 7-0 with an ERA of 2.16 against the Orioles.

Baltimore took two of their three games against the New York Yankees before arriving in Boston. On Wednesday, they shut out the Yankees 5-0. Baltimore will have Wei-Yin Chen on the mound Friday. Chen is 2-0 on the season with an ERA of 2.22. The southpaw pitched seven innings in his last outing in a 10-1 victory against Oakland. Baltimore coming into the game is winners of 8 of their last 10.

Boston started their home stand on a negative note, as they lost two of their three games against Oakland. They are 1-7 in their last eight home games. Adrian Gonzalez their key hitter was hitless in 4 at bats and struck out with the bases jammed to end a rally in the seventh. He then grounded out in the ninth to end the game on Wednesday. With runners in scoring position, the Red Sox were hitless in 13 at bats.

The current line has the Red Sox as the favorite -175 with Baltimore at +165. The run total is 8.5. Smart money takes the Red Sox in this game behind their ace Lester with the total ending UNDER.

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Friday, May 4th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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