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2021 MLB Handicapping
(51-31) Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics (48-35)
Date: Saturday, July 3rd, 2021
Time: 7:15 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Projected Pitchers: Garrett Richards (BOS) vs. Cole Irvin (OAK)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Red Sox +105 Athletics -120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Red Sox +1.5, Athletics -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The Red Sox will be in Oakland to take on the Athletics for game 2 on Saturday at 7:15 ET. Game 1 is Friday at 9:40 ET.
These teams played in May and Oakland won 2 of 3.
Garrett Richards will start for the Red Sox and Cole Irvin will go for the Athletics.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have been playing great baseball this year. They have won their last 7 games.
Their 51-31 is the best record in the American League. Boston leads the Rays by 3.5 games.
The Red sox finished off the sweep of the Royals on Thursday by winning 15-1. They outscored the Royals 34-14 in 4 games.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched well again on Thursday. The righty went 7 innings and did not allow an earned run.
Garrett Richards has really struggled ever since the league cracked down on the foreign substances. He is 4-5 with a 4.96 ERA. His last start was against the Royals on Monday where he went 5.2 innings and allowed 5 earned runs. The Red Sox won this game 6-5.
The Red Sox have not gotten great starting pitching this year, but their bullpen has been much better. The team has an ERA of 4.05.
Their offense is one of the best in baseball. They are scoring 5.18 runs per game which is 2nd in the league.
Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts were both named to the all star team.
Boston has hit 106 home runs which is 7th best in baseball.
Like the Red Sox, the Athletics have had an impressive year so far. They have lost 4 of their last 6 games.
They have a 48-35 record which puts them 2nd in the American League West. The Astros are 1.5 games ahead of them.
They lost 2 out of 3 games to the Rangers this week. Texas won 8-3 on Thursday. They got outscored 14-10 by the Rangers in that series.
Sean Manaea got hit pretty well on Thursday. The lefty went 5 innings, allowed 9 hits, and allowed 4 earned runs.
Cole Irvin has been solid this year. He is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA. His last start was against the Giants on Sunday and he was great. He went 8 innings and did not allow an earned run. The A’s won this game 6-2.
Their pitching has been good for this team. They have a 3.92 ERA which is 11th in baseball.
Their offense has also been quite effective. They are scoring 4.51 runs per game which is 13th best in the game.
Oakland has clubbed 103 home runs which is 12th best in the game.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Red Sox are 7-0 in their last 7 games overall.
- Red Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a left handed starter.
- Red Sox are 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games.
- Red Sox are 18-6 in their last 24 games on grass.
- Athletics are 0-6 in their last 6 games vs. a right handed starter.
Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
This is a matchup between 2 of the better teams in baseball. It has the chance to be a very good series.
To me, the Red Sox are the better team. That is no knock on the Athletics, but the Sox have more star power in their lineup.
Although Richards has struggled lately, I look for him to rebound in this one. I am not saying he is going to totally shut these guys down, but I feel he can do enough to help his team get a win. Boston should be able to hit around Irvin as well.
I like the Red Sox as +105 underdogs in this one.
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