Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/22/14
Boston Red Sox (34-40) at Oakland Athletics (46-28)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Jon Lester (L) (8-7) (3.203) vs. Tom Milone (L) (5-3) (3.561)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -123 / Boston Red Sox +113 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, CSN-CA
The Oakland Athletics can sweep the Boston Red Sox with a win Sunday afternoon.
The Red Sox have lost five of their last eight games and are back to seven games below a .500 record. The Red Sox offense continues to struggle like it has all season, as they’ve produced three or less runs in eight straight games. David Ortiz has three hits in this series and Dustin Pedroia has five extra base hits in his last 10 games. The Red Sox pitching has a 3.63 ERA, which is good for 11th in all of baseball. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he’s 8-7 with a 3.20 ERA and has 105 strikeouts in 98.1 innings. Lester is 5-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 13 career starts against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have won seven of their last eight games and are one win away from being 20 games above a .500 record. While the A’s pitching and offense seem to be at the top of the league, it’s been their pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Athletics have an ERA of 3.00. Offensively, Yoenis Cespedes has a seven-game hitting streak. Tommy Milone gets the start, and he’s 5-3 with a 3.56 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 78.1 innings. Milone is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in two career starts against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 4-1 in Lesters last 5 starts and 4-0 in Lesters last 4 starts with 4 days of rest. The Athletics are 6-0 in Milones last 6 starts and 4-1 in Milones last 5 home starts. The Red Sox are 0-4 in Lesters last 4 road starts vs. Athletics.
Hard to pick against the A's with the way they've been playing and Lester has had zero success pitching in Oakland. Give me the home team.