Apr 20, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Members of the Baltimore Orioles pay tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing one year anniversary as part of pre game ceremonies in a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Orioles – Monday Morning Baseball in Boston


After a devastating loss in Boston on national TV on Sunday evening, the Baltimore Orioles will need to be up early for a rare Monday morning game against the Red Sox. Here is a quick preview of what is a very important game for the Orioles to win.

The Birds will be facing a historically difficult character in Clay Buchholz. Though he is off to a rather poor start over his first three games of 2014, his lifelong record against the Baltimore Orioles is outstanding at 9-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 16 games. His MLB career record is 58-34 with a 3.64 ERA, and three of the four complete games in his career were against the O’s.

Not surprisingly, few Baltimore Orioles hitters have good career numbers against Buchholz. One who does in J.J. Hardy, though he went out of Sunday evening’s game with a tweaked hamstring injury and will not likely be playing. Nelson Cruz is 4-for-10 with a homer. Adam Jones and Chris Davis have a pair of home runs off him, though their average against is .222 and .278. Nick Markakis is only 5-for-37 … not many pitchers have that sort of dominance over the Orioles’ right fielder.

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

Nick Markakis

37

5

0

0

0

2

6

5

.135

Adam Jones

27

6

3

0

2

10

2

3

.222

Matt Wieters

30

6

2

0

0

1

4

4

.200

Chris Davis

18

5

1

0

2

2

3

6

.278

J.J. Hardy

19

7

0

0

2

3

1

5

.368

Ryan Flaherty

11

3

0

0

0

0

0

3

.273

Nelson Cruz

10

4

0

0

1

2

1

1

.400

Delmon Young

9

1

0

0

0

2

0

2

.111

Jonathon Schoop

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

 

On the other hand, the Orioles will send out Wei-Yin Chen and hope for the best in this critical contest. After two rough starts to begin the 2014 season, Chen threw a good 6.1 innings against Tampa Bay while giving up only one run.

Chen’s numbers against the Red Sox over his eight starts are not very good at all. He is 2-3 with an ERA of 5.24 … and Boston is batting .349 against him.

The news just gets worse when looking at the individual matchups. Dustin Pedroia is 11-for-22 and Daniel Nava is 6-for-11. Mike Napoli is only 3-for-13, but those hits are a double and two homers.

This is not encouraging, but it is baseball and anything can and will happen.

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

Dustin Pedroia

22

11

4

1

0

4

2

1

.500

Jonny Gomes

17

4

0

0

1

1

2

6

.235

Will Middlebrooks

19

8

2

0

0

0

0

4

.421

David Ortiz

13

5

0

0

1

5

1

3

.385

Mike Napoli

13

3

1

0

2

2

1

4

.231

David Ross

13

4

1

0

0

3

0

3

.308

Daniel Nava

11

6

0

0

1

3

1

2

.545

A.J. Pierzynski

12

3

2

0

0

2

0

4

.250

Jason Bourgeois

2

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

.500

Jackie Bradley

3

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.667

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