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

Game
Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Thursday April 4, 2019, 3:37 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Boston Red Sox -124 / Oakland Athletics +102 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
NSCA, NESN
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The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.

The Boston Red Sox look for another win to rebound from a rough 2-5 record. The Red Sox have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their seven games. The Boston Red Sox have lost three of their five games this season when scoring at least one run. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 10 hits and seven RBI while Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts have combined for 14 hits and three RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Rodriguez is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or less runs in seven of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least one run. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 11 hits and three RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 17 hits and 10 RBI. Brett Anderson gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Anderson is 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 12-2 in their last 14 during game 4 of a series, 11-2 in Rodriguez's last 13 road starts and 36-17 in Rodriguez's last 53 starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series, 4-1 in Anderson's last 5 home starts and 1-8 in Anderson's last 9 starts with 4 days of rest. The Athletics are 6-2 in Anderson's last 8 starts vs. Red Sox and the Red Sox are 16-38 in the last 54 meetings in Oakland. The under is 11-4-1 in Anderson's last 16 starts overall. The under is 41-20-2 in Rodriguez's last 63 starts overall.

Rodriguez was not good in his season debut and had an ERA of nearly four on the road last season. Anderson was extremely sharp in his season opener and was flawless at home last year with an allowed batting average of .191 and an ERA of 2.01. The Boston Red Sox finally closed a game this season, but one win doesn't change the fact this team looks nothing like last year, small sample size or not. The Oakland Athletics are also extremely tough at home and have become quite good at rebounding from losses. As usual, I'm taking the A's and the plus money.

Pick:
Oakland Athletics +102

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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