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O's Head Up to Boston

Begin 11-Game Roadtrip

May 17, 2018 - 11:39 am

By Austin Medina

Having won their past two series’, the Orioles are coming off a loss to the Phillies, who they only saw one time. Now the Orioles have a huge task ahead of them: an 11-game road trip that starts in Boston.

The Orioles are gearing up for a four-game series with the Red Sox (29-14). The Red Sox have been one of the few consistent teams in baseball, having a lethal offense and respectable starting rotation. Though they have lost five of their last ten games, the Red Sox protect home field, having won 12 of 18 games at Fenway Park. The O’s need to be ready for the Monster that is the Boston Red well as the Green Monster.

Kevin Gausman will start the road trip off as he’ll face off with Red Sox pitcher David Price. Price has been under a lot of scrutiny due to his love for Fortnite. The only positive for the Orioles is that they are expected to miss ace Chris Sale, who won his start Wednesday night against the A’s.

After the Red Sox, the O’s will look at a change of color with a four-game set with the White Sox (10-29). Chicago, unlike Boston, has not done well at home. At just 3-15, the White Sox are everything but scary in their own park. Whatever damage comes from the Boston series should be healed while playing the White Sox, who are even worse than Baltimore.

The O’s will finish off their 11-game road trip in a division series with Tampa Bay. The Rays (19-22) are staying afloat in the AL East and will certainly be circling this series as one to win.

Baltimore has to find consistency in their batting, showing spurts of high-power. The starting pitchers need to go at least six innings against opposing offenses, allowing rest and freshness from the bullpen.

It will be a grueling road trip, yet the Orioles could make it worthwhile by stealing some games against Boston, taking care of business with Chicago, and fighting it out with the Rays. Tune in Thursday night at 7 pm as the O’s start up at Fenway.