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Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Monday April 1, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA
The Line
Oakland Athletics +125 / Boston Red Sox -147
TV Channel
NESN
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The Boston Red Sox and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a four game set in MLB action from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Monday night.

The Boston Red Sox will look to bounce back after dropping 3 of their first 4 games to start the year following a 10-8 loss to Seattle in their series finale on Sunday. J.D. Martinez led the Red Sox with three RBIs, going 2 for 3 with a home run while Eduardo Nunez had two RBIs and Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts each had an RBI with Betts adding a solo homer. Rafael Devers, Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had a double with Devers going 2 for 5 at the dish. Xander Bogaerts added a base hit of his own as well in the losing effort. Rick Porcello went 2.2 innings, allowing nine runs, four earned, on six hits while walking four and striking out three to take the loss, falling to 0-1. David Price will start game one and was 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA and 177 strikeouts last season. In his career, Price is 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA and 66 strikeouts against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series with the Los Angeles Angels to get back to .500, winning the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 2-1. Khris Davis belted a solo home run while Matt Chapman went 2 for 3 with an RBI of his own in the win. Marcus Semien went 2 for 4 with a double while Ramon Laureano and Nick Hundley each contributed base hits as well in the victory for the A’s. Frankie Montas got the win to improve to 1-0 after throwing six innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six. Aaron Brooks will start the series opener and will be making his first start since 2015. This will be Brooks’ first career start against Boston.

Boston is 5-1 in Price’s last 6 road starts and 9-1 in their last 10 Monday games while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 games against the AL West. Oakland is 1-4 in their last 5 games against the AL East and 3-7 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 game one matchups. Boston is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 16-36 in the last 52 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

It's no secret that Boston was outplayed for the most part in their set against Seattle, dropping 3 of 4 to the Mariners. And Oakland rebounded quite nicely against the defending champions, so the plus money at home is worth a look. However, who knows what we are going to see from Brooks in his first start in four years and while the case could be made that he pitched last season, it was three relief appearances that totalled 2.2 innings of work. Price has had his ups and downs, but the BoSox tend to play well when Price pitches on the road and the defending champions are too good to continue playing like this, so I’ll lay the juice with the Red Sox in this one.

Pick:
Boston Red Sox -147

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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