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Athletics vs. Red Sox - 5/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (14-17) at Oakland Athletics (12-20)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

R Porcello (3-2) (4.38) vs. S Kazmir (2-1) (2.75)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -134 / Boston Red Sox +124 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, CSN-CA

The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Boston Red Sox need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Red Sox have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Red Sox have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Pablo Sandoval leads Boston with 34 hits and 14 RBI while Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts have combined for 40 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have lost six of their last eight games on the road. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he’s 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 4-5 with a 3.73 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Red Sox - 5/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Athletics have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Athletics have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Marcus Semien leads Oakland with 39 hits and 14 RBI while Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick have combined for 48 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have lost five of their last six games on their home field. Scott Kazmir takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Kazmir is 9-8 with a 3.98 ERA and 157 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Porcellos last 5 starts. The Athletics are 4-10 in their last 14 games as a favorite and 24-10 in Kazmirs last 34 starts as a favorite. The Red Sox are 6-21 in the last 27 meetings in Oakland. 

It's only a matter of time before Oakland gets in the win column, and it might as well be at home with a pitcher who has had great career success against the Red Sox. I like Oakland. 

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Oakland Athletics -134

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