Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Monday April 29, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -135 / Oakland Athletics +115
The Oakland A’s and the Boston Red Sox meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Fenway Park on Monday night.
The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after being swept by Toronto for the second time this season, losing the series finale in 11 innings by a final score of 5-4 on Sunday. Khris Davis and Josh Phegley each had a double and an RBI with Davis going 2 for 5 at the dish while Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman each had an RBI to round out Oakland’s scoring in the losing effort. Marcus Semien went 2 for 5 and Kendrys Morales had a base knock of his own to cap off the A’s offense in the defeat. Chris Bassitt gave up one run on three hits while striking out nine over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Blake Treinen took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year. Frankie Montas will start game one and is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Montas’ first career start against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to rebound after dropping their series finale against Tampa Bay by a final score of 5-2 on Sunday. Michael Chavis went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Mitch Moreland added an RBI to round out Boston’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had a double while Rafael Devers went 2 for 4 at the dish and Christian Vazquez added a base hit as well in the defeat. Chris Sale took the loss, dropping to 0-5 on the year after allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits while walking three and striking out eight over seven innings of work. Eduardo Rodriguez will start game one and is 2-2 with a 5.88 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Rodriguez is 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA and 28 strikeouts against Oakland.
Oakland is 4-1 in Montas’ last 5 starts and 4-9 in their last 13 road games while the over is 12-5 in their last 17 games overall. Boston is 20-6 in Rodriguez’s last 26 home starts and 2-7 in their last 9 series opening matchups while the over is 6-1 in Rodriguez’s last 7 starts overall. Oakland is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
It may seem like we have a firm grasp on the obvious when we say this but something is clearly wrong with Boston. The production isn’t there from the pitching staff for the most part and the Red Sox aren’t a very deep team to begin with. Six of Oakland’s 15 losses this season have come to Toronto, but Montas has been arguably the best arm that Oakland has had this season and right now, backing Boston isn’t a comfortable option until the Red Sox figure out what’s going on. I’ll take Oakland and the plus money as more of a fade from Boston than anything else at this point.