Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 30, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Boston Red Sox -147 / Oakland Athletics +137 O/U: 9.5
The Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox will pick up their MLB set once again for game two Tuesday.
On Monday in game one, the Red Sox scored six runs in the third inning on the way to a 9-4 victory.
In the Tuesday matchup of this set, the A’s will be sending out RHP Aaron Brooks. Across his 27.0 innings and 2-2 mark this year, Brooks has a 5.33 ERA with 23 Ks and seven walks.
The A’s managed eight hits on the night in the Monday loss. Four of those hits came from Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman, who each had two.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’re going with Rick Porcello on Tuesday in the start. Over 23.0 innings and a 1-3 record on the season, Porcello has a 7.43 ERA with 20 Ks and 15 BBs.
The Sox offense got things going Monday. Mookie Betts led the team on three hits, one run and one RBI. JD Martinez added two RBI for Boston there, as did Xander Bogaerts (two RBI and a run as well).
The A’s are 25-11 in their last 36 in game two of a series and 4-1 in Brooks’ last five road starts versus a team with a losing record. The over is 5-1 in Oakland’s last six Tuesday games and the under is 5-2 in Brooks’ last seven starts overall.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 38-17 in their last 55 Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series. Boston is 10-1 in Porcello’s last 11 Tuesday starts and 4-1 in his last five home starts.
Looking at Brooks’ starts this year, he’s got two (of five) quality outings, but the other three are a little troubling. In that trio, Brooks has put up 13 earned over 15.0 innings on 21 hits.
As for Porcello, his first two starts this year were rocky (11 earned; 9.1 innings) but since then he’s been better on eight earned over 15.2 innings in three starts.
I’m not saying Porcello nails it here, but he should do well enough to help the Sox get a win.