MLB Betting Preview: Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox – May 16, 2018

by | May 15, 2018 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Fenway Pack in Boston, Massachusetts
When: Wednesday May 16th at 6:10 PM ET
Spread: Boston Red Sox -250
Total: 8.5
Quick Pick: Boston Red Sox -250 for 3 units

BetDSI has the Boston Red Sox as -250 moneyline favorites against the Oakland Athletics. The Boston Red Sox enter this game losers of three of their last five including a loss on Tuesday night to fall to 0-2 in this series. The Oakland Athletics enter this game winners of two of their last three and have already clinched this series having won the first two games. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Oakland Athletics.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics are 21-21 overall and 10-12 on the road. The Oakland Athletics have pulled to .500 after taking game two of the series against the Boston Red Sox and have now won three of.their last five. They are still in 4th in the AL West behind the Angels, Astros and Mariners and are 4 games back of the division leading Los Angeles Angels.

Oakland is 10-12 on the road, 9-11 after a win, 12-4 in non-divisional games and 10-16 as underdogs. Trevor Cahill will take the mound on Wednesday for the Oakland Athletics. Cahill is 1-1 on the season with an ERA of 2.25 with 31 strikeouts over 24 innings pitched. Khris Davis leads the team in home runs with 12. Khris Davis and Jed Lowrie are tied for the team lead in RBIs with 36 apiece. Marcus Semien leads the team in runs with 29. Oakland is averaging 4.54 runs per game which ranks 12th in the MLB. The Athletics are allowing 4.90 runs per game which ranks 24th in the MLB.

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Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox are 28-14 overall and 11-6 at home. The Boston Red Sox own the 2nd best record in the MLB, but that isn’t good enough to be leading their own division. They are currently in 2nd place in the AL East and trail the division leading New York Yankees by 1.5 games. Boston is 11-6 at home, 8-5 after a loss, 11-6 in non-divisional games and 24-11 as favorites. Chris Sale will take the mound on Wednesday for the Boston Red Sox.

Sale is 3-1 on the season with an ERA of 2.17 with 78 strikeouts over 58 innings pitched. Mookie Betts leads the team in home runs and runs with 13 home runs and 43 runs. J.D. Martinez leads the team in RBIs with 34. Boston is averaging 5.44 runs per game which ranks 3rd in the MLB. The Red Sox are allowing 3.83 runs per game which ranks 6th in the MLB.

Boston ends their two game losing streak

Chris Sale is pitching at a high level again this season and ranks 9th in the MLB in ERA with a 2.17 ERA and 3rd in the MLB with 78 strikeouts. The Athletics have a team that can strikeout a lot on any given night and I think this will be one of those nights. Boston has too good of talent to get swept by the Oakland Athletics and I don’t think they will. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.

Pick: Boston Red Sox -250 for 3 units

 

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