The Dark Knights hope to grow in 2021 for the Baltimore Orioles and the team won Matt Harvey’s first start with the organization last week against the Boston Red Sox.
Harvey allowed two runs in 4 ² / ₃ innings in a 4-2 win in his Baltimore debut last weekend, which was his first appearance in more than three innings since the 2019 season. In four starts and three appearances in relief with the Kansas City Royals last season, Harvey posted an ERA of 11.57 with a 2.74 WHIP while allowing 20.8 hits and 4.8 home runs for nine innings.
When Harvey starts against the Red Sox on Thursday in Baltimore, Boston will clash with Eduardo Rodriguez, who will make his first start since a 2019 season in which he recorded a 19-6 record with an ERA of 3.81, but has led the league on walks. After so much free time, Rodriguez thinks he’s on a shorter leash than usual.
The Red Sox pitchers entered Wednesday with opponents hitting .266, ranking 25th in MLB. Offensively, however, Boston was seventh in bat-bat percentage resulting in extra-base success.
Both pitchers are unlikely to go deep in this game and both teams have taxed the bullpens because Thursday will be the seventh consecutive day for any team with a game, both of which should be able to put their offenses into action.
The game: Red Sox Vs. Orioles, Over 9.5 runs.