Oakland Athletics (19-21) at Boston Red Sox (28-12)
|Date & Time||Monday May 14, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -153 / Oakland Athletics +143 --- Over/Under: 9
The Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox meet Monday in MLB action at Fenway Park.
The Oakland Athletics could use a feel good win here after losing five of their last six games. The Athletics have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Oakland Athletics have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 54 hits and 36 RBI while Marcus Semien and Khris Davis have combined for 80 hits and 53 RBI. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. Manaea is 2-2 with a 7.52 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Red Sox have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 13 of their last 15 games. The Boston Red Sox have won 18 of their last 22 games when scoring more than three runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 51 hits and 33 RBI while Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez have combined for 89 hits and 53 RBI. Rick Porcello gets the ball, and he is 5-0 with a 2.79 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. Porcello is 6-5 with a 3.76 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. American League East, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Red Sox are 11-4 in their last 15 home games, 7-3 in their last 10 vs. American League West and 1-5 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series. The Athletics are 17-44 in the last 61 meetings in Boston, the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Boston and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Both Manaea and Porcello have been very stingy in terms of runs allowed this season and have consistently given their teams a chance to win whenever taking the mound. Manaea has allowed just 13 earned runs in 55.1 innings, and he's allowing a .170 batting average. Porcello has given up 16 runs in 51.2 innings and is allowing a .214 batting average. While both offenses can crush with the best of them, this feels like a battle between the pitchers, so I'm going to side with the under in this game.