Oakland Athletics vs Boston Red Sox MLB Betting predictions

Athletics vs Red Sox Week 7
A's vs Red Sox MLB betting predictions

A’s and Red Sox are both in first place in their division’s and both share identical records at 22-15. Thursday night they meet in Fenway. The Red Sox send out RHP Garret Richards (2-2) to face off against the A’s LHP Sean Manaea (3-1). Boston can really hit and the game should be a close one, but I think the visiting A’s squeak out a close win on the road behind Manaea. Take the A’s to win.

Athletics vs Red Sox betting odds

The A’s and Red Sox are about as even as any two teams could be. As of Wednesday, Boston is in first in the AL East by 2 games at 22-15 and Oakland is 22-15 and leads the AL West by 2.5 games. So how is this one going to play out? Let’s do a bit of digging.

At home Boston is 10-10 on the season and the A’s are 9-4 on the road so advantage A’s. Thursday Boston will send righty Garrett Richards to the mound. Richards is 2-2 on the season with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. In Fenway this season he has really struggled and he has a 13.50 home ERA. Richards averages just over 5 innings per outing and manager Joey Cora’s bullpen has a 3.92 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Boston’s offense has played a huge part in the team’s success. The Sox are 1st in MLB in average hitting .261, 1st in runs 190, and 1st in slugging at .434 and 4th with an on base % at .325. J.D. Martinez, the Red Sox left fielder, continues his torrid pace in ‘21 and leads the team in HR with 10, RBI with 32 and OBP at .416. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts .341 average and 46 hits lead the Red Sox.

A’s manager Bob Melvin continues the wizardry A’s fans have come to expect as Oakland is 7 games over .500 although they are -9 in runs differential on the year.
Thursday Melvin will call on lefty Sean Manaea who is 3-1 on the season with a nice 1.07 WHIP and 1-0 on the road in ‘21 with a 1.64 ERA. Again, advantage A’s. Melvin’s bullpen is very similar to Boston’s and the A’s pen has a 3.87 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

The A’s offense excels only in HR and the team ranks 8th in MLB with 46 on the season. 2B Jed Lowrie leads the team with a .274 average, 22 RBI and 34 hits. First baseman Matt Olson has 7 home runs on the season.

A’s expected closer Trevor Rosenthal is out for at least the first 4 months of the season (collarbone surgery) and yet Bob Melvin has made the right moves at the right times in the right games with his closers in 2021. Good to know if you’re looking for A’s vs Red Sox betting odds. The A’s closing duties have been split between 4th year Lou Trivino who has 6 saves in 7 chances and a 3.86 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP and and 11 year veteran Jake Diekman who is 4/4 in save opportunities and has a 2.25 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

This one will be another close game in my opinion but I think the A’s squeak out a win on the road in Beantown. Manaea has been really good on the road and I think he will keep the Boston bats relatively quiet until eventually either Trivino or Diekman come in for a save opportunity. Take the A’s to win.

A’s Red Sox
888Sport
-107 -109
FanDuel
+100 -118
Borgata
-110 -110

My Prediction

The A’s win on the road in Fenway Park.

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