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Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics - 5/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics (21-21) at Boston Red Sox (28-14)
Date & Time Wednesday May 16, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Boston Red Sox -250 / Oakland Athletics +210 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
NESN
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MLB | Oakland Athletics (21-21) at Boston Red Sox (28-14)
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The Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox square off in the finale of their three game MLB set from Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

The Oakland A’s will look to pull off the surprising sweep of the Red Sox, taking game two on Tuesday by a final score of 5-3. Matt Chapman and Mark Canha each had two RBIs with a double, while Stephen Piscotty added a solo homer to round out the scoring for the A’s in the win. Marcus Semien, Chad Pinder, Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy each added base hits of their own to round out the offense for Oakland in the victory. Daniel Mengden got the win, improving to 3-4 this season after giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Trevor Cahill will start game three and is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cahill is 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Boston.

The Boston Red Sox will look to rebound and avoid the sweep after losing game two on Tuesday. Andrew Benintendi led the Red Sox by going 3 for 5 with a solo home run and a double, while Mitch Moreland went 2 for 3 with a pair of double and an RBI, and Mookie Betts added an RBI of his own despite going 0 for 5 at the dish. Brock Holt added a pinch-hit double and Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 4 while Hanley Ramirez and J.D. Martinez each added base hits of their own in the losing effort. Eduardo Rodriguez suffered his first loss of the season after giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Chris Sale will start the finale and is 3-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 77 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 5-1 in Cahill’s last 6 starts and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in Cahill’s last 4 road starts. Boston is 9-4 in Sale’s last 13 home starts and 11-5 in their last 16 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter. Oakland is 18-44 in the last 62 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

The plus money with Oakland is extremely tempting considering how Oakland has found ways to win the first two games of the set and have been very good with Cahill on the mound this season. However, Boston is a much better team than what we’ve seen in the first two games, and the BoSox are just one or two timely hits away from having this series being turned the other way, and while it’s a steep price to pay, I think Sale warrants paying it but to negate some of the juice, I’ll take Boston to avoid the sweep by a couple of runs on Wednesday.

Pick:
Boston -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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