MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics – Friday, July 2, 2021

by Spooky Express | July 2, 2021 |

The Boston Red Sox are the hottest team in the American League. The squad swept the Yankees last weekend and broke out the brooms against the Royals this week. They are 51-31 on the year, and they will travel to Oakland to battle the A’s over the Fourth of July weekend.

Oakland is having a terrific season at 48-35. They are 1.5 games back in the American League West. The first game of three from the Oakland Coliseum is scheduled for 9:40 PM ET. Eduardo Rodriguez will pitch for Boston against Frankie Montas for the A’s.

Boston Red Sox Betting Preview: Hottest Team in Baseball

The Red Sox swept the Yankees last weekend, but this was no big deal for Boston. The franchise expects to win every time they take the field. This was not the case heading into the 2021 season. Boston was expected to be a back-of-the-pack team in the American League East.

However, players like Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts have led the team throughout the season. Devers will start at third base in the 2021 All-Star Game.

When Boston has needed a big hit, Devers has delivered at the dish. He is averaging .288 with 69 RBI and 20 homers. Eduardo Rodriguez will pitch for the Red Sox. He has not been the best pitcher on the team’s staff, but Rodriguez is talented enough to yield a victory.   

Oakland Athletics Betting Preview: American League Contender?

The Oakland Athletics are a legit threat in the American League. Boston has shown that they are a good team, but nobody is overpowering in the American League. If Oakland can get by Houston in the division, they could make a run in the postseason.

Matt Olson has been the team’s all-around star. He is slashing .287/.372/.566 with 20 HR and 53 RBIs. Oakland has a team OBP of .316, which is not as good as Boston. However, the team has a slight advantage on the bump this weekend.

Frankie Montas will be on the hill for Oakland. He is 7-7 with a 4.72 ERA. He is not overpowering, but he consistently locates.

Red Sox vs Athletics Betting Odds & Lines

BetOnline has this game as a pick’em on Friday night. Oakland is favored on the run line and -103 on the moneyline.

Boston is -107 to win, and the over/under has been set at 8 ½ runs.

Free Betting Pick

Boston has the advantage in this contest because of their momentum from the past week. After sweeping the Yankees and Royals, they will be tough to beat in this contest. Eduardo Rodriguez will pitch for Boston, and he has been inconsistent. This is one scary part about betting the Red Sox.

However, Frankie Montas has not been much better than Rodriguez. The potent Boston lineup will help Rodriguez settle in on the bump. If Rodriguez provides an average outing, Devers, Martinez, and Bogaerts, the Red Sox will win. I think this is likely in game one of the series.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Boston Red Sox ML (-107)

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