Boston Red Sox (51-31) vs. Oakland Athletics (48-35)
July 2, 2021 9:40 pm EDT
The Line: Oakland Athletics -124 / Boston Red Sox +114; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. The Red Sox look to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Athletics need a win after losing eight of their last 12 games.
The Boston Red Sox have scored 28 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Red Sox have won 11 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with 95 hits and 48 RBI while JD Martinez and Rafael Devers have combined for 174 hits and 124 RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 5.83 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 2-3 with a 4.57 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Athletics have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 80 hits and 53 RBI while Mark Canha and Jed Lowrie have combined for 134 hits and 67 RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 4.72 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Montas is 0-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 9-1 in their last 10 Friday games and 7-0 in their last 7 overall. The Athletics are 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 38-16 in their last 54 Friday games. The over is 3-1-1 in Red Sox last 5 overall. The over is 7-1 in Athletics last 8 home games. The Red Sox are 17-39 in the last 56 meetings in Oakland.
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The A’s may have the edge here at home with Montas on the mound, but we’re getting plus money with the much hotter team. Rodriguez hasn’t been good this season, which includes allowing 18 earned runs in his last 26 innings. However, the Red Sox offense is so hot that it may not matter. Overall, the Red Sox are playing the better baseball and are consistently putting up crooked numbers. Give me the plus money.