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Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics will head east to face the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. NBC Sports – California will televise this AL matchup and the action gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox Odds

Boston (-130) is favored over Oakland (+120) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at nine runs (-120 for the over and +100 for the under). There’s a runline of Athletics +1.5 (-175) and Red Sox -1.5 (+155) for this matchup.

The Athletics are 14-16 SU and are 13-16 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 3.0 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 3.6 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Red Sox, on the other hand, are 11-17 SU and 8-19 ATS. The team has lost 15.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 13.0 units ATS. Boston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Red Sox games have an over/under record of 15-11-1 so far in 2019. The Athletics have an over/under record of 16-13.

Frankie Montas will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Montas is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 26 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Red Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Red Sox are sending lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (2-2, 5.88 ERA) to the mound. Rodriguez has 28 punchouts and 10 walks as well as a 1.46 WHIP. Rodriguez is 0-1 with two strikeouts and a 14.73 ERA in one start against Oakland this year.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 6.92 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.25, along with a WHIP of 1.30.

The Athletics offense has slashed .242/.320/.414 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game this year, including 3.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Marcus Semien and right fielder Stephen Piscotty have led Oakland’s offense. Semien is slashing .316/.392/.491 with four home runs, 16 RBIs and 21 runs scored, while Piscotty (.265/.339/.434) is up to four homers, 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Boston’s pitching staff has given up 5.6 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starters have a 5.62 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.61 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 10.5 K/9.

Boston’s offense is putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .262/.379/.409 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Outfielders J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have led the Red Sox batters this year. Martinez is hitting .340/.423/.526 with four home runs, 13 RBIs and 13 runs scored, and Betts has put up a line of .269/.374/.490 with five homers, 13 RBIs and 20 runs.

The Athletics have gained 5.2 units and are 6-5 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to six that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Red Sox have lost 8.6 units and are 7-12 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 10 of those games, as opposed to eight that’ve gone under.

Athletics at Red Sox Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in four of Oakland’s last seven contests.
  • Boston has recorded 21.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.8 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
  • The Athletics have a team OPS of .734 this season, including an OPS of .836 against left-handed pitchers. The Red Sox’ OPS stands at .708 overall and .703 against lefties.