Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 1, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
Over: 10 (+100) / Under: 10 (-120)
The Oakland A’s and the Boston Red Sox meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The Oakland A’s will look to avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set including a 5-1 loss in game two on Tuesday. Robbie Grossman’s solo home run was the lone RBI for the A’s in the losing effort while Nick Hundley added a double and Ramon Laureano had a base hit as well as Oakland mustered up just three hits as a team in the loss. Aaron Brooks ended up with the loss, falling to 2-3 on the year after allowing five runs, four earned over 4.1 innings of work. Mike Fiers will start game three and is 2-2 with a 7.03 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Tuesday. Mitch Moreland went 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Mookie Betts added a solo homer, Rafael Devers had a double and an RBI and Sandy Leon added an RBI as well to round out Boston’s scoring as a team in the win. Michael Chavis went 2 for 4 to cap off Boston’s offense as well in the victory. Rick Porcello got the win to improve to 2-3 on the year after tossing eight shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight. Josh Smith will start game three and is making his first start since 2016 and first appearance since 2017. This will be Smith’s first career start against Oakland.
Oakland is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 0-5 in their last 5 road games while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 games against the AL East. Boston is 54-26 in their last 80 home games and 37-15 in their last 52 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 12-3 in their last 15 games against the AL West. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
I’m not trying to get behind Oakland during this losing streak as the A’s just look lost right now and don’t look like the team that won 97 games last season. Boston appears to have turned a corner, but I’m a little hesitant to jump on with the Red Sox as no one really knows what we will see from Smith on the mound here. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. Both sides have shown that they’re capable offensively and I don’t have that much faith in the pitching matchup here.