Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Oakland Athletics are playing host to the Boston Red Sox at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California is in line to broadcast this AL showdown and the game gets going at 9:05 p.m. ET.

Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (+150) is the underdog against Boston (-160) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 6.5 runs (+105 for the over and -125 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at -110 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs and -110 for the Athletics +1.5.

The Red Sox are 17-2 SU and have gone 11-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 13.9 units for moneyline gamblers over the early portions of the season and 4.8 units ATS. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 9-11 SU and 8-11 ATS. The team has lost 1.6 units for moneyline bettors and 4.7 units ATS.

Athletics games have an over/under record of 11-7-1 so far in 2018. Red Sox games have gone over 11 times, gone under six times and pushed on one occasion.

Southpaw Chris Sale is getting the start for Boston. Sale is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 31 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 2.57 ERA and 10 strikeouts over seven innings).

The Athletics are putting the ball in the left hand of Sean Manaea (2-2, 1.63 ERA), who has 20 strikeouts and four walks as well as a 0.72 WHIP. Manaea made two starts against the Red Sox in 2017, posting a 1-1 record with a 9.35 ERA.

Oakland’s pitching staff has yielded 5.3 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 5.30, a WHIP of 1.30 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.0. The bullpen has a 3.99 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 7.0 K/9.

Oakland’s offense is putting up 5.3 runs per contest, including 6.4 per game over its last 10 games and 7.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .286/.386/.450 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Jed Lowrie has helped lead the Athletics offense this season with six home runs, 22 RBIs and 12 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Boston’s pitching staff allowed 2.8 runs per game and its starters own a 2.17 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 9.81 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.31, along with a WHIP of 1.08 and a K/9 of 9.70.

Red Sox hitters have slashed .293/.364/.497 on their way to 6.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 8.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.4 per game over the teams last five contests (5-0 SU).

Boston’s offense has been led by Mookie Betts so far. Betts is hitting .382/.469/.765 with six home runs, 14 RBIs and 23 runs scored. He enjoyed batting against left-handed pitchers last year, maintaining a slash line of .306/.412/.516 across 148 plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .264/.344/.459).

The Red Sox are coming off a 7-3 victory in the prior game of this series.

Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in six of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Red Sox have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 13 over their last five.
  • Boston has posted 31.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 33.0 over its last five.
  • The Red Sox have won 17 of their last 18 games SU.