Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (63-81) at Boston Red Sox (82-62)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm (Fenway Park)
Daniel Gossett (4-8) (5.02) vs. D Pomeranz (15-5) (3.35)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -225 / Oakland Athletics +207 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, NSCA
Out at historic Fenway Park on Thursday, the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox will be finishing up their MLB series.
In the Tuesday opener, Boston took an 11-1 victory. On Wednesday Oakland struck back with a 7-3 win.
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For the Thursday game, the A’s will be bringing out RHP Daniel Gossett. In his 75.1 innings and 4-8 record this year, Gossett has a 5.02 ERA with 62 Ks and 24 BBs.
Oakland has some solid hitters this year. Coming into Wednesday, Ryon Healy brought 140 hits, 61 runs, 24 homers and 74 RBI while Jed Lowrie had 139 hits, 76 runs, 12 homers and 53 RBI. On Wednesday, Lowrie ripped a triple with three hits, two runs and two RBI;
The Red Sox will be going with LHP Drew Pomeranz on Thursday. Over his 153.1 innings and 15-5 record this year, Pomeranz has a 3.35 ERA with 161 Ks and 61 BBs.
Boston has some great bats as well. Coming into Thursday, Mookie Betts brought 151 hits, 90 runs, 21 homers and 87 RBI while Andrew Benintendi managed 139 hits, 73 runs, 19 homers and 79 RBI. Betts whiffed on Wednesday but Benintendi stayed hot with two hits and an RBI.
The A’s are 3-8 in their last 11 games versus a left-handed starter and 12-49 in their last 61 road games versus a left-handed starter. Oakland is also 2-5 in Gossett’s last seven road starts and 1-5 in their last six Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 1-4 in their last five Thursday games and 6-1 in Pomeranz’s last seven home starts. Boston is also 6-1 in Pomeranz’s last seven starts and 5-1 in Pomeranz’s last six starts versus a team with a losing record.
Gossett has been pretty good over his last three starts, giving up six earned over the course of 16.1 innings. As for Pomeranz, he had a stretch of seven earned in 13.1 innings but bounced back on two earned in 6.0 innings on two hits against Tampa in his last start. I like Pomeranz to keep it going here, so I’m sticking with the Red Sox.