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2018 MLB Season
(20-21) Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox (28-13)
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston Massachusetts
Projected Pitchers: Kendall Graveman vs. Chris Sale
MLB Moneyline Odds: Red Sox -262 | Athletics +239
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Red Sox -1.5 (-130)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Graveman got the call up in from Triple AAA in his last start as he put in a quality start while picking up his first win of the season against the New York Yankees of all teams. He went six innings giving up one earned (four runs) off of three hits while striking out four and walking two.
His 2.36 HR/9 has become an issue as he’s given up nine home runs on the year in 34.1 innings of work. Also, even though he gave up one earned run, his ERA still sits at 7.20 and his FIP sits at 6.20, which probably also has something to do with his 57.3% LOB%.
Oakland has been playing sub-par baseball in the last week winning just two of their six contests. During that time their lineup is slashing .237/.313/.415 to go with 18 extra-base hits and 26 RBI.
Boston Red Sox
Sale was throwing fire in his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays as he went all nine innings giving up just three earned off of six hits while he tied a career high of 15 strikeouts while only walking three. It was his fifth quality start in a row.
The lefty has been masterful to start the season posting a 12.10 K/9, 1.71 BB/9, 0.93 HR/9, 2.17 ERA and 2.62 FIP. His .273 BABIP has been a tad lucky, but he has had solid defense behind him, so when that number regresses I don’t think it will drastically affect his 86.4% LOB% and 2.17 ERA.
Boston has been in mediocre form in the last week winning three of seven contests. In that span their lineup is slashing .253/.303/.428 to go with 24 extra-base hits and 30 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- OAK are 18-44 in the last 62 meetings in Boston.
- OAK are 9-24 in Gravemans last 33 road starts.
- BOS are 12-3 in their last 15 Wed. games.
- BOS are 28-12 in their last 40 overall.
- Over is 10-4-1 in BOS last 15 home games.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Boston.
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Prediction: Sale, Boston handle Oakland at home
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Red Sox -1.5
Sale has got his slider on-point and that could spell trouble for an Oakland lineup that ranks eighth in strikeouts. Usually you should be concerned about how a pitcher will follow up from pitching a gem, but Sale was so-so in his last couple starts prior to his last, so I expect him to build off that last start at home. Graveman owns a 5.09 ERA on the road with a slash line of .282/.347/.455, so I feel comfortable backing Boston and the run line.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Red Sox 6 – Oakland 3
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