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Red Sox open series in Baltimore

The Boston Red Sox will be up against 12-game winner Chris Tillman on Friday night as they open up a weekend MLB betting series at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.

Tillman sits at 12-3 with a 3.84 ERA on the season, and the Orioles have picked up the victory in nine of his last 10 trips to the mound. The righthander held the BoSox scoreless on three hits over six innings when he faced them on June 14.

John Lackey will pitch for the Red Sox on Friday; Lackey brings a 7-7 mark to the game.

View Boston vs Baltimore Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Orioles as -120 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 10-ranked Orioles and the American League No. 2-rated Red Sox in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Baltimore's American League No. 3-ranked scoring average of 4.8 runs per game, against a Red Sox offense rated No. 2 and scoring 5 runs per game in the league. The Orioles have averaged 9.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Red Sox hitters have managed (9.5 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 6-rated road mark, allowing 4.1 runs per game on the highway. Baltimore, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Baltimore was a 7-1 loser on the road against the Royals. Bettors on Kansas City at +129 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Baltimore suffered a 7-1 loss against Kansas City on Thursday, as Miguel Gonzalez wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Baltimore are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few Red Sox at Orioles trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Baltimore
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
Baltimore is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
Baltimore is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games
Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Baltimore, Saturday, July 27