Oakland Athletics (19-21) vs Boston Red Sox (28-12)Date : 05/16/2018
Time : 7:10 PM
Location : Fenway Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oakland Athletics vs Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are set to close out a 3 game home series at Fenway Park as the will host American League opponent in the Oakland Athletics, first pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET. Before this series, these two teams met for a 3 game series from 4/20 to 4/22 where Oakland was able to take 2 of the 3 games.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
Anderson Roughed Up
The Oakland Athletics have been about as average as any team in baseball as they have traded wins with loses but a major problem for the A’s has been finding consistency in their young pitching staff. The A’s have 2 starters that have a 4.00 ERA or less and that includes young ace Sean Manaea and veteran Trevor Cahill but after these two arms, the rotation gets musty as they combine for a 7.24 ERA. One of those guys that has struggled in 2018 is 10-year veteran Brett Anderson as the lefty enters this series with a 0-2 record and an 8.16 ERA, and not much was improved in his last start. Anderson was given his 3rd start of the season in a 5/13 matchup against the New York Yankees and not much was improved as they 30-year-old gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits in only 5 innings of work. The bullpen wasn’t much better as both Santiago Casilla and Wilmer Font gave up a run apiece in the 3 innings they appeared in. Wilmer Font has struggled as the 27-year-old has appeared in 9 games this season and they have not been pretty as the young gun has a 12.38 ERA. The A’s offense was not able to keep up with the high powered Yankees lineup as they only put up 2 runs on 8 hits, but the A’s have continued to receive offense out of their main source Jed Lowrie. Jed Lowrie was able to go 2 for 4 from the plate with one RBI as the veteran drove in Jonathan Lucroy on a base hit in the top of the 5th inning. Lowrie has been a sensation in 2018 as the 34-year-old is enjoying one of the best seasons in his lengthy career with 9 HRs, 36 RBIs, and a .340 BA.
Boston Red Sox's Latest Performance :
Bullpen Holds Up
The Boston Red Sox have had minimal flaws this season as the bats have been great and the pitching has been solid from the starters to the closer, but one thing the Red Sox want to improve on is the production out of their workhorse Drew Pomeranz. Drew Pomeranz is coming off a career year in 2017 as the former 1st round pick went 17-8 with a 3.32 ERA but 2018 has not been as kind to the 29-year-old. Pomeranz got a late start to the season as he started off the season on the DL which may still tell us he is shaking off some rust but Pomeranz is 5 starts deep now and he has the highest ERA out of any starter with a 5.47. Pomeranz continued to expand on his ERA as the righty got roughed up in their 5/13 matchup against the Blue Jays by giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits in only 4 innings of work. The bullpen was great for the remainder of the 6 innings as the combination of Hector Velaquez, Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree, and Joe Kelly pitched a shutout while striking out 5 guys in the process. The Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has blown 2 saves over the last few weeks so manager Alex Cora elected to let the righty rest and give an opportunity to Joe Kelly who capitalized on his 2nd save of the season. The offense did enough to give the Sox support as they scored 5 runs on 8 hits and 3 of those runs can be accredited to the bat of newly acquired OF J.D. Martinez. Martinez was able to connect on the first pitch he saw in the top of the 1st inning for a 2-run HR which puts him in double-digits as the 30-year-old now has 10 HRs and a team-high 33 RBIs. Martinez went 2 for 3 in the game with 1 HR and 3 RBIs which has him streaking in his last 15 games as he is batting .383.
How Oakland Athletics & Boston Red Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Oakland is 19-21, 8-12 on the road.
Boston is 28-12, 11-4 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Kendall Graveman (1-5, 7.50 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics vs. Chris Sale (3-1, 2.17 ERA) for the Boston Red Sox.
Graveman last started on 5/11 against the Yankees where he went 6 innings giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits in a ND.
Sale last started on 5/11 against the Blue Jays where he went 9 innings striking out 15 guys in a ND.
Boston ranks in the top 3 in runs scored while Oakland ranks inside the top 15.
Boston ranks inside the top 10 in team ERA while Oakland ranks in the bottom 15.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Red Sox -1.5
My reason for the pick :
The Boston Red Sox have been one of the best teams in baseball as they stormed out to one of the best records in the history of the MLB, and nothing has stopped this team other than a recent series loss against the Yankees. I am laying the run line in this matchup as the price to back the Red Sox via money line is way too much for my liking. Sale is coming off a career game where he struck out 15 guys which is just another day in the office for Sale as he consistently gives the Sox double-digit strikeouts. Graveman has been a disaster this season as he has one of the highest ERAs on the team and I just don’t trust him to have a good start against one of the best teams in baseball. Lay the run line as the Red Sox should win by 4 or more.
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Oakland is 7-8 against left-handed pitchers this season.
- The over is 20-18-2 in all games this season.
Betting trends for Boston Red Sox:
- Boston is 10-3 as the home favorite this season.
- The over is 16-11 after a win this season.