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Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Wednesday April 3, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Boston Red Sox -152 / Oakland Athletics +130 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
NSCA, NESN
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The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Boston Red Sox could use a win here to rebound from a rough 1-5 start to the season. The Red Sox have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in five of their six games. The Boston Red Sox have lost nine of their last 13 games when allowing more than one run. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with eight hits and seven RBI while Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts have combined for 11 hits and one RBI. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Eovaldi is 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot while building on their four-game winning streak. The Athletics have allowed one run in their last three games and two or less runs in five of their last six games. The Oakland Athletics have won all five games this season when allowing less than five runs. Matt Chapman leads the Athletics with 10 hits and six RBI while Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 17 hits and seven RBI. Marco Estrada gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Estrada is 4-8 with a 4.68 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 41-14 in their last 55 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in Eovaldi's last 5 road starts and 4-1 in Eovaldi's last 5 starts. The Athletics are 36-15 in their last 51 home games, 11-5 in their last 16 Wednesday games and 67-33 in their last 100 overall. The Red Sox are 16-37 in the last 53 meetings in Oakland and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 6-0 in Athletics last 6 home games. The over is 4-1 in Eovaldi's last 5 road starts.

The Boston Red Sox continue to be these heavy favorites and seem to look worse every time they take the field. The Oakland Athletics seem to be underdogs in every game, despite being a playoff team last year and being dominant at home last year. I'm not sure how anybody can make a case for the Red Sox as big favorites right now other than this sluggish start is going to turn around eventually. The A's are a really good team, especially at home, and I'm taking them often when I can get them as an underdog. We hit on the Athletics as big underdogs last night and we're going to double dip here. There's no reason to lay heavy juice with a team that clearly has a World Series hangover. 

Pick:
Oakland Athletics +130

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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