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The Red Sox are coming into Baltimore as the Orioles begin their last home stand of the year.

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The Orioles return home to Camden Yards for the last time in 2017 and to start it off they have a three game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have been playing well in their last ten games, going 7-3 and have built up a three game lead on the New York Yankees. They are looking to seal up the division sooner rather than later and are looking forward to the playoffs.

The Orioles, on the other hand, are looking forward to the golf course. They are 2-8 in their last ten games as the 2017 has finally circled the drain. All that’s left to do now is see what some young players can do and to play out the proverbial string. Let’s get to the games.

Game 1 7:05pm : Doug Fister (5-8, 4.40 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.03 ERA)

The Orioles start the series with their best starting pitcher Dylan Bundy. Bundy has already thrown 165.1 innings on the year, basically 55 more than he threw all of last year. They have been pushing back his starts to give him extra rest and the results have been pretty good.

Bundy is coming off of a six inning start in Toronto where he gave up only one run on five hits and one walk while striking out eight. His last start against the Red Sox was back on June 3rd. In that outing, he went five innings and gave up two runs. For his career against Boston, Bundy has a 4.30 ERA in 46 innings pitched.

The Red Sox will be throwing out Doug Fister on the mound. Fister has made 12 starts for the Red Sox in 2017 and has thrown some strong games. His last time out against Oakland did not go so well. Fister only went four innings and gave up six runs, all earned, on six hits and one walk.

Yet, his last time facing the Orioles back on August 27th in Fenway, he went 7 innings and gave up only two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven. For his career Fister has a 4.24 ERA against the Orioles in 57.1 innings pitched. In 24.2 innings pitched in Camden Yards he has a 4.38 ERA.

Game 2 7:05pm: Drew Pomeranz (16-5, 3.28 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (11-10)

In the second game of the series the Red Sox are starting Drew Pomeranz who has put together a pretty solid season for himself. The Red Sox are 20-9 in his starts on the season. One of those twenty wins came against the A’s back on Sepetember 14th where Pomeranz pitched six innings and gave up only one run on five hits and three walks while striking out five.

Another one of those wins came back on May 3rd against the Orioles, the last time Pomeranz faced them. He went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on five hits, two walks, and seven strike outs. For his career Pomeranz has a 4.24 ERA against the Orioles over 23.1 innings pitched.

The Orioles will be sending out Kevin Gausman who has been pitching significantly better over the past couple of months. In his last start against the Blue Jays Gausman went seven strong innings giving up only one run on six hits while striking out six batters. The last time Gausman faced the Red Sox he pitched 7.2 innings of shut out baseball only giving up four hits. Over 72 career innings against Boston, Gausman has a 4.25 ERA.

Game 3 7:05pm: Chris Sale (16-7, 2.86 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (8-3, 5.32 ERA)

In the final game against the Red Sox in 2017 the Orioles will be tossing out former Red Sox Wade Miley. Miley is theoretically pitching for his option to be picked up and leading all of baseball in walks with 84 given up is not a great place to start. Nor was his last start against the Yankees where he managed to give up six runs on six hits and record a single out.

His last start against Boston was one his best on the season though. Back on June 1st he went seven innings gave up three runs, all unearned, on six hits, one walk, and three strike outs. However, Miley has struggled against his former team in the past, posting a 5.40 ERA over 13.1 innings pitched.

The Red Sox will be starting AL Cy Young contender Chris Sale. Sale has already thrown 201.1 innings in 2017, which leads the league, and has struck out 287 batters, which also leads the league. He also is first in FIP and in strike outs per nine innings. He’s pretty good.

However, his last time out he struggled against the Rays going only 5.2 innings and giving up four runs on six hits and three walks. He did manage to strike out nine batters in that start though and the Red Sox still won the game.

He last started against the O’s back on June 4th and he went six innings, gave up three runs, six hits, and one walk. He again manged to strike out nine hitters and he won that game. In his career he has a 3.35 ERA against the Orioles over the 48.1 innings pitched, although he has a 2.87 career ERA in Camden Yards.


The 2017 is coming to a close and for the Orioles it has been a weird and disappointing one. The only thing left to play for is pride and a winning record. Join us here for some game threads and recaps and hope the Orioles can at least get in one last week of good baseball before the season is over.

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How many games will the Orioles win in this series?

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  • 23%
    The Orioles will be swept
    (33 votes)
  • 44%
    1
    (63 votes)
  • 21%
    2
    (31 votes)
  • 11%
    The Orioles will sweep
    (16 votes)
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