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Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (63-81) at Boston Red Sox (82-62)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Jharel Cotton (7-10) (5.90) vs. Doug Fister (5-7) (4.40)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -200 / Oakland Athletics +170 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN, NESN

The Oakland A’s and the Boston Red Sox meet in game two of their three game set from Fenway Park on Wednesday evening.

The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after having their five game winning streak snapped thanks to an 11-1 loss in the opener against Boston. Jed Lowrie went 1 for 2 with a double while accounting for the lone A’s run in the loss. Franklin Barreto and Matt Olson added base hits of their own as the A’s mustered up just three hits as a team in the loss. Sean Manaea took the loss to fall to 10-10  after allowing seven runs on eleven hits while striking out four over 3.2 innings of work. Jharel Cotton will start game two and is 7-10 with a 5.82 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. This will be Cotton’s first career start against Boston.

Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Red Sox will look to keep their momentum going after winning five of their last 6 games after their win in the opener on Tuesday. Mookie Betts was the star of the show, going 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs, a triple and six RBIs in the win. Christian Vazquez went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, while Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each added a double and an RBI of their own, with Bogaerts going 3 for 3 at the dish. Dustin Pedroia went 3 for 4 with an RBI to round out the scoring for Boston in the win. Chris Young went 2 for 5, while Sam Travis and Rafael Devers each contributed a base hit in the winning effort for the BoSox. Eduardo Rodriguez got the win to improve to 5-5 this season, giving up one run on one hit while walking four and striking out nine over six innings of work. Doug Fister will start game two and is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fister is 8-7 with a 2.88 ERA and 63 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the AL East and 1-7 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 road games. Boston is 10-4 in their last 14 against the AL West and 14-5 in their last 19 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Oakland is 16-43 in the last 59 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

Even with how well Oakland has played before having their win streak snapped, the Red Sox are the ones trying to lock up the division, and Oakland is sending out Cotton who has allowed eleven earned runs in his last 2 starts, covering just nine innings of work. Fister has given up two runs or less in each of his last four starts, including just one run in three of those four, a combined five earned over 30 innings of work. I’ll take Boston to get to Cotton early and win this game by at least a couple of runs. 

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