Athletics vs. Red Sox: Ride The Hot & Fade The Cold W/ This Clean MLB Pick

Drew Martin

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:30 PM GMT

These two squads are on drastically different paths, which makes for a classic case of “ride the hot, fade the cold" in this MLB betting matchup between Athletics & Red Sox.

Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox look to sweep the Oakland Athletics with a win in the final bout of a three game series tonight in Fenway Park. The Red Sox have been on absolute fire of late, and have reeled in the Baltimore Orioles for a shared spot atop the American League East standings. The Athletics on the other hand have been scuffling of late, and are sporting a 1-8 record in the month of May. These two squads are on drastically different paths, which makes for a classic case of “ride the hot, fade the cold. based on the MLB odds.

 

Boston Red Sox
Boston put up a total of 27 runs in the first two games of the series, belting five home runs, including a grand slam from Jackie Bradley Jr. on Monday. Travis Shaw also added a home run and five RBIs on Tuesday, and is 6-for-9 with five runs scored and four extra-base hits in the series, but those are just the headliners of this lineup. "Every at-bat everybody comes with something," said Hanley Ramirez, who launched a 468-foot homer among his three hits. "It's the whole team. What we're doing right now, we gotta keep doing it."

The Red Sox finished the month of April with the fewest home runs in the league (19). In the last two weeks however, they are the hottest hitting team in all of baseball. Case in point, over the last week the Red Sox have a team OPS of .945, which is the highest in MLB.

 

Oakland Athletics
The Athletics recalled tonight’s starting pitcher, Eric Surkamp, from Triple-A Nashville after he was demoted for allowing 25 hits in 19 1/3 innings over four starts in April. The 28 year-old was rocked for six runs on nine hits, including two homers, and allowed four walks in 4 2/3 innings at Toronto on April 24 before getting shipped to Nashville. The southpaw will have the tall task of trying to quiet the bats of the hottest hitting lineup in baseball, while trying to prove that he is ready for a rotation spot.

On the other side, the American League East co-leaders will send Rick Porcello to the mound. Porcello is coming off his first loss after allowing three runs and six hits in seven innings against the New York Yankees on Friday. The New Jersey native did not yield a run in either of his previous two outings, which spanned 13 1/3 innings against the Yankees and the Atlanta Braves. The righty has looked much improved recently, in some part due to the increased load Christian Vazquez has seen since he took over the starting catching duties in mid-April. The Red Sox pitching stats have improved across the board, but the evidence of Vasquez’ influence is especially apparent when looking at Porcello.

 

Conclusions
The Red Sox look to make it seven straight wins over the A’s, and with the disparity in the current offensive stats of both lineups, and the lopsided pitching matchup, the Red Sox should finish off the sweep. Given the high total in Fenway, I recommend a plus price MLB pick on the Red Sox on the runline. Still not convinced? Read our additional take on this match and understand why Red Sox is the definitive pick here!
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Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -184
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