Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/3/14
Oakland Athletics (18-10) at Boston Red Sox (13-16)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
Tom Milone (L) (0-2) (4.563) vs. Jon Lester (L) (2-4) (3.098)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -146 / Oakland Athletics +136 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, NESN
The Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox will play game two of their three-game series on Saturday afternoon. The Red Sox won the first game, 7-1.
The Athletics have won five of their last eight games and had one of their rare bad pitching performances on Friday. Before the loss against the Sox, the A’s held five of their last eight opponents to three or less runs. The Athletics are 15-3 in the 18 games they’ve allowed three or less runs this season. Getting the nod on Saturday for the Athletics will be Tommy Milone, who is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA and has 11 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. Milone allowed eight hits and eight runs in 4.2 innings, picking up the loss in his only career start against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox snapped a two-game losing streak with the win and are two games back from a .500 record. The Red Sox have scored at least seven runs in their last four wins and are 13-7 when scoring four or more runs this season. David Ortiz has gotten on base at least once in six straight games and Mike Napoli has drawn 10 walks in his last six games. Jon Lester has to feel great with that type of run support, as he’s 2-4 with a 3.10 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 40.2 innings. Lester is 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 12 career starts against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 10-4 in Milone's last 14 starts as an underdog and 80-37 in their last 117 vs. a team with a losing record. The Red Sox are 13-5 in Lester's last 18 home starts and 1-4 in Lester's last 5 starts as a favorite. The Red Sox are 5-0 in Lester's last 5 home starts vs. Athletics.
You have to like the Red Sox in this spot. The Sox are hitting the ball well and Lester has had solid success against the A's in his career. The price isn't bad. Take the home team and the minor juice.