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Athletics vs. Red Sox - 9/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (74-59) at Oakland Athletics (57-76)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

D Price (13-8) (3.97) vs. Andrew Triggs (1-1) (4.39)

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

TV: NESN/CSCA

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

The Boston Red Sox could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last five games. The Boston Red Sox offense continues to show up, and they’ve won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Mookie Betts leads Boston with 179 hits, Dustin Pedroia has 58 RBI and Xander Bogaerts has 17 home runs. David Price gets the nod, and he’s 13-8 with a 3.97 ERA and 186 strikeouts this season. Price is 3-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Red Sox - 9/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics could also use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Athletics have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 17 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.50 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 119 hits, Danny Valencia has 45 RBI and Marcus Semien has 23 home runs. Andrew Triggs takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 4.39 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. Triggs is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and one strikeout in his career against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 games following an off day and 4-0 in Prices last 4 starts. The Athletics are 3-7 in their last 10 games following an off day and 1-4 in Triggs' last 5 starts. The Red Sox are 8-22 in the last 30 meetings in Oakland.

The Red Sox's offense should have a field day in this big Oakland park, especially against an inexperienced pitcher who has had his struggles. Also, Boston has won four straight games when Price is on the mound. I like the Red Sox here.

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