Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland A’s Prediction and Betting Odds
- Updated: May 11, 2015
Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland A’s Prediction and Betting Odds. The 14-17 Boston Red Sox are set to take on the 12-21 Oakland A’s at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California tonight May 11, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 10:05 PM
Moneylines: Red Sox +110 / A’s -130
O/U: 7.5 runs
Pitching Match Up
Boston: Rick Porcello (3-2, 4.38 ERA)
Oakland: Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.75 ERA)
In their last games: The Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 and the A’s lost to the Seattle Mariners 4-3.
The Red Sox go into Oakland for the first game of a 3-game series. The 3-2 Rick Porcello goes for the Red Sox and the 2-1 Scott Kazmir goes for the A’s. The A’s open at home at -130 with a line sitting at 7.5 runs. The Red Sox snapped their 3-game losing streak in their last game, but they have fallen in the standings with only 2 wins in their last 9 games. Their offense has been mediocre on the season, but the main reason they are losing is their pitching, which ranks 29th in team ERA. Oakland is another struggling club and they have lost 5 straight games and they are in the basement of the AL West. If you look at the stats you would not think the A’s have the 2nd fewest wins in the AL, as they rank 4th in the Majors in runs scored and 19th in team ERA. Their offense has stalled as of late scoring a combined 13 runs in their 5-game losing streak.
Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:
In the last 10 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under 9 times.
The A’s are 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Red Sox.
The A’s are 21-6 in their last 27 home games against the Red Sox.
This season the A’s are 4-9 at home and the Red Sox 7-8 on the road.
STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS
Boston Red Sox: 14-17 SU / O/U 16-14 / Run Line W/L 12-19
Oakland A’s: 12-21 SU / O/U 23-\8 / Run Line W/L 16-17
• BOS is 2-7 in their last 9 overall.
• BOS is 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
• BOS has an Under record of 5-0-1 in their last 6 games.
• OAK is 0-5 in their last 5 overall.
• OAK is 1-7 in their last 8 home games.
• OAK has an Over record of 18-4 in their last 22 home games.
[P] 04/06/2015 – Edwin Escobar 15-day DL (3/29) ( Shoulder )
[C] 04/04/2015 – Christian Vazquez 60-day DL (3/30), out for season ( Elbow )
[C] 05/02/2015 – Ryan Hanigan 60-day DL (5/1) ( Hand )
[RF] 04/27/2015 – Shane Victorino 15-day DL (4/23) ( Hamstring )
[P] 05/04/2015 – Eric O’Flaherty 15-day DL (5/1) ( Shoulder )
[2B] 04/25/2015 – Ben Zobrist 15-day DL (4/25) ( Knee )
[P] 04/05/2015 – Jarrod Parker 15-day DL (3/27) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/05/2015 – Sean Doolittle 15-day DL (4/4) ( Rotator Cuff )
[P] 04/05/2015 – Sean Nolin 15-day DL (4/4) ( Abdominal )
[P] 04/04/2015 – A.J. Griffin 60-day DL (2/27) ( Elbow )
[P] 04/04/2015 – Taylor Thompson 60-day DL (2/26) ( Shoulder )
Rick Porcello is coming off his best start of the season in his last outing when he went 8 innings and did not give up any earned runs in a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Boston has won 4 of their last 5 games, including 3 straight, when he has gotten the start, but he has not had much success in Oakland. In 6 starts in Oakland while with the Tigers he went 1-4 with an ERA of 5.40. Scott Kazmir has been solid at home as of late not allowing an earned run in 14 innings pitched, but he was shelled in his last start at Minnesota giving up 6 earned runs in 6 innings in a 13-0 loss. The A’s are 24-10 in Kazmir’s last 34 starts as a favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 home games when he faces a team with a losing record.
The A’s have to be happy to be at home after playing 20 of their last 26 games on the road. Because they are home with Kazmir on the hill they will get the win, as the Red Sox struggles in Oakland will continue.