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Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Preview & Free Pick

Red Sox vs Athletics MLB Betting + Handicapping Picks

Oakland dominated the first game of this three-game set, but Boston starts Ace Jon Lester in this one. The Red Sox started the season poorly, but they have been playing good baseball for the last month or so.

Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Betting Preview
Starting Pitchers: Boston (Lester) vs. Oakland (Colon)
Date/Time: July 3, 10:05 p.m. EST
MLB Gambling Odds from TopBet
Moneyline: Boston (-131) Oakland (+121)
Runline: Red Sox -1.5 (+125) vs. Athletics +1.5 (-145)
Total: 7.5

Matchup | Preview 

Oakland is proving to be a scrappy team that is difficult to beat, especially at home. Let’s take a look at this Tuesday night matchup.

The Red Sox might consider Jon Lester their Ace, but he hasn’t pitched like one so far this season. Lester is 5-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 2012. He has allowed 109 hits in 101 innings pitched. He has a very disappointing 1.34 WHIP. Lester has been one of the better pitchers in the American League over the past four years, but he hasn’t been able to find his command this year. Boston’s offense has been short-handed all season, but this team has still managed to pile up the runs. Boston is averaging an impressive 5.14 runs per game. Veteran David Ortiz and youngsters Daniel Nava and Will Middlebrooks are all exceeding expectations and leading the way for this offense.

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Bartolo Colon will start for the Athletics in this contest. Colon hasn’t started a game since June 17due to an oblique injury. He is 6-7 with a 4.22 ERA this year. The Athletics have managed to stick around .500 despite having the worst team batting average in the majors. Oakland is 20-19 at home so far in 2012. Josh Reddick leads a more powerful than expected middle of the order. Reddick has 19 homers already this year. Yoenis Cespedes has missed a lot of time this year, but he looks like a guy who will hit a lot of home runs for many years to come. The Athletics are fifth in the majors in stolen bases. The pitching staff has a solid 3.53 ERA.

Both of these pitchers have been inconsistent at best this year. Colon is coming off an injury against a good lineup, and Lester has yet to prove himself this season. I like this one to go over the posted total.

MLB Free Pick: Over 7.5

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