Boston Red Sox (52-32) vs. Oakland Athletics (49-36)
July 4, 2021 4:07 pm EDT
The Line: Oakland Athletics -105 / Boston Red Sox -105; Over/Under: +9
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The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. The Red Sox look for a win after winning eight of their last nine games. The Athletics need a win after losing six of their last 10 games.
The Boston Red Sox have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Red Sox have won 11 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with 97 hits and 48 RBI while JD Martinez and Rafael Devers have combined for 177 hits and 124 RBI. Nick Pivetta gets the ball, and he is 6-3 with a 4.43 ERA and 99 strikeouts this season. This will be Pivetta’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics have scored 12 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 81 hits and 53 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha have combined for 138 hits and 69 RBI. James Kaprielian gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 3.06 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. This will be Kaprielian’s second career game against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 9-4 in their last 13 road games and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. The Athletics are 7-3 in their last 10 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 5-0-1 in Red Sox last 6 Sunday games. The over is 7-2 in Athletics last 9 home games. The Red Sox are 18-39 in the last 57 meetings in Oakland and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
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The Red Sox and the cheap price is hard to turn down given how consistent they’ve been, but we’re getting the A’s at home with the better pitcher. Pivetta has been hittable lately, allowing 19 runs in his last 31.2 innings and 14 walks. Kaprielian has allowed 10 runs in his last 28.2 innings and has allowed three or less earned runs in eight of his nine starts overall. Give me the A’s.