Athletics vs. Red Sox - 9/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (75-59) at Oakland Athletics (57-77)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
R Porcello (18-3) (3.26) vs. Zachary Neal (2-3) (4.96)
The Line: Oakland Athletics / Boston Red Sox --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics play game two of their series Saturday night.
The Boston Red Sox look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Red Sox have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Boston Red Sox offense continues to produce, and they’ve won five of their last six 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. Rick Porcello gets the nod, and he’s 18-3 with a 3.26 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 5-5 with a 3.87 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Athletics have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 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. Zach Neal takes the hill, and he’s 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Neal’s second career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 20-7 in Porcellos last 27 starts. The Athletics are 3-7 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Red Sox are 8-22 in the last 30 meetings in Oakland.
Porcello is pretty much a victory every time he takes the mound and Boston's lineup showed Friday just how deadly that offense can be in such a big park. Have to like the Red Sox to win again.