Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Boston Red Sox are set to take the field against the Oakland Athletics in a Tuesday night game. NBC Sports – California will broadcast this AL showdown and the game is scheduled to get underway at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (receiving +150 odds) is the home-team underdog against Boston and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 7 runs (+100 for the under and -120 for the over). Gamblers can also bet on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at -110 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs and -110 for the Athletics +1.5 runs.

The Athletics are 4-3 straight up (SU) and 2-4 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors and 1.9 units ATS. The Red Sox have gone 1-4 SU this year and are 0-4 against the spread. Overall, the club has lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 4.5 units ATS.

Athletics games have an over/under record of 2-4 so far in 2019. Boston has an over/under record of 4-0.

Chris Sale (0-1, 21.00 ERA) is getting the nod for the visiting Red Sox. The left-handed Sale struck out 237 hitters in 158 innings last year (27 starts) and finished the season 12-4 overall with a 2.11 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. He made two starts against the Athletics in 2018 and put together a 1-1 record against them with a 3.75 ERA and 19 strikeouts.

The Athletics are going with righty Mike Fiers (1-1, 5.00 ERA) as their starter. Fiers started 30 games last year while finishing the season 12-8 overall with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitching staff has allowed 3.3 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have a 2.13 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 5.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.18 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.4 K/9.

Oakland’s hitters have produced 4.3 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .234/.292/.443 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Athletics’ hitters have been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman. Semien is hitting .385/.448/.577 with 10 hits, three RBIs and four runs scored, and Chapman’s line is .346/.452/.654 with nine hits, five RBIs and five runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Boston’s pitchers have allowed 8.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own an 11.14 ERA, 2.19 WHIP and 10.29 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.15, along with a K/9 of 12.15.

The Red Sox offense has slashed .233/.304/.386 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game this year.

Left fielder J.D. Martinez and third baseman Rafael Devers have led Boston’s offense. Martinez is slashing .381/.435/.667 with eight hits, seven RBIs and four runs scored. Devers (.300/.391/.400) is up to six hits, zero RBIs and four runs scored.

The Red Sox have lost 1.6 units and are 0-1 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in one of those games, compared to zero that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have lost 1.6 units and are 0-3 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in two of those games, compared to one that’ve gone under.

Red Sox at Athletics Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Athletics went 4-2 SU against the Red Sox in 2018.
  • The Red Sox’ bullpen managed an ERA of 2.55 against the Athletics last year.
  • The Red Sox have a team OPS of .690 this season and an OPS of .605 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Athletics’ OPS stands at .726 overall and their left / right split is nearly identical.