Oakland Athletics (19-19) vs Boston Red Sox (26-12)Date : 05/14/2018
Time : 7:10 PM ET
Location : Fenway Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oakland Athletics vs Boston Red Sox
The Athletics will travel to Fenway as they will go head to head against the Red Sox in a 3 games series. This will be the second meeting between these two teams as the A’s took the first series meet at home.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
The A’s are coming off an impressive win over the Yankees, they will start their 7 game road trip starting at Boston. The A’s are 8-10 this season when playing on the road. They haven’t been playing well after beating the Red Sox at home losing to the Astro twice already this season including one shutout. The A’s will come into this series with plenty of confidence because they know they are capable of beating them. Coming into this series the A’s are 12th in scoring they average 4.52 runs per game. The team problem lies in their pitching where they are 17th with an ERA of 4.26. Considering how hot the Red Sox batters have been over the past few games it is going to challenge for the A’s to keep up.
Matt Chapman finally came alive as he went 1 for 3 he struck his 2 run homer giving him his 7th homer of the year. The 25-year-old got off to a monster start this season, but his average has tumbled from .280 to .225 during the recent slide. He is slashing .225/.318/.442 this season.
Jed Lowrie went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBI. He had a monster April and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet. He’s batting .344/.404/.596 with 9 home runs and 34 RBI over 37 games. He looking to do the same thing when he visits Fenway Park.
Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with four RBI, Semien blew things open with a bases-clearing double in the ninth inning. He also drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning. This was his second four-RBI game of the season.
Pitching for the A’s on the road will be Sean Manaea. He allowed four earned runs, seven hits and no walks with three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings the last time he started. He is 4-4 on the season with an ERA of 2.11 striking out 45 this season.
Boston Red Sox's Latest Performance :
The Red Sox start their 7 game homestand first up they will face the Athletics who they lost to at the end of April, they will seek revenge at home. Coming into this series the Red Sox are first in the NL East and have an impressive home record of 11-4, the Red Sox are the 2nd best hitting team in the Major. I expect the Red Sox to come into this series laser focused coming back to Fenway because they don’t want to deal with what happened to them the last time these two teams were matched up. The Red Sox weren’t able to extend there lead on top of the NL East because they recently just lost to the Blue Jays in the 12th inning by a walk off but that series is far from over and I expect them to get the job done on the road.
Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a solo homer although he has been quiet this month, I am predicting that he will heat up and rediscover his form against the A’s at home. He is slashing .326/.357/.576 batting line through 22 games this season.
J.D. Martinez hit a solo, go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, Martinez now has nine homers and 29 RBI in his first year in Boston. He should have a great homestand for the Red Sox expect to hear his name mentioned a lot during these couple of days. He is slashing .343/.389/.615 this season with 30 RBIs. Considering this is his first year with a new environment he has solidified himself as one of the main batters on a very strong Red Sox team.
Mookie Betts will make an impact as he can’t wait to go back and play at Fenway he is now the hottest batters in the Major with a league-leading 13 homers this season with 27 RBIs. He is slashing .346/.430/.772 with these kinds of numbers Mookie Betts have a case for the MVP award this season.
Pitching for the Red Sox will be Rick Porcello. He coughed up five runs in 5 1/3 innings but did not factor into the decision against the Yankees on Wednesday. He surrendered eight base hits and three walks while striking out three in the average effort. He still has an impressive 2.79 ERA while striking out 49 this season.
How Oakland Athletics & Boston Red Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Red Sox are 26-11 in their last 37 overall.
Athletics are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. American League East.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Red Sox
My reason for the pick :
The Red Sox should be able to take care of the A’s at home, the Red Sox will be determined to win the series opener to set the tone for the rest of the series. Expect Betts to be hot as he will put on a quite a hitting performance for the home fans. However, the real star of the game will go to Porcello as he will have a great bounce-back game after what he had to deal with the last time he started when the Red Sox played the Yankees.
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Betting trends for Boston Red Sox:
- Red Sox are 36-16 in their last 52 games vs. a right-handed starter.