Bet Athletics vs. Red Sox to go 'Over' for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 2, 2014 12:59 PM UTC

Friday, May. 2, 2014 12:59 PM UTC

The Oakland Athletics lead the majors in runs scored on the road this season, which will lead to a high-scoring affair against the Boston Red Sox Friday night.

Rolling along
Oakland is 5-2 on its current road trip, which includes scoring 25 runs in picking up a three-game sweep over the Texas Rangers, including a 12-1 blowout victory as +107 underdogs Wednesday. 

The Athletics have scored a MLB-leading 102 runs away from home this season, which has led directly to a 12-4 record in that situation.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 23-26 as road underdogs of +100 to +125, with the OVER going 27-19-3 in those 49 opportunities.

Bullpen blues
Frustration is starting to set in for the defending World Series champions, as Boston got swept by the Tampa Bay Rays in a doubleheader Thursday, while it has fallen to 6-10 at home in 2014. 

The Red Sox bullpen was the only bright spot for the team in the early going, but that group has compiled a 7.50 ERA over the last seven contests.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise has dropped six of seven games at this venue with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER cashing in six of those seven affairs.

Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily (1-1, 5.14 ERA) hasn’t earned a decision in his last three efforts, as he’s coming off a 7-6 road defeat to the Houston Astros last time out—allowing three runs and four hits over 6.1 innings of work.

The right-hander has compiled a 1-0 record and 5.29 ERA in three road appearances, with opponents hitting just .222 against him.

Straily has served up seven home runs in 28 combined frames to open up the year.

Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (1-2, 6.66 ERA) has watched the squad alternated wins and losses over his last four outings—picking up a 7-6 road victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in two home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .513 against him.

In six lifetime starts versus the Athletics, Buchholz has gone 2-2 with a 7.90 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the Athletics have gone OVER the number in 10 of their 16 road games. 

Pick: Over 9


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