MLB Picks: Red Sox vs. Athletics Odds & Analysis

Joe Freda

Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:57 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 14, 2013 12:57 PM UTC

Sunday’s MLB betting has the rubber finale between the foes, with Oakland’s Bartolo Colon facing Boston’s Brandon Workman in a duel of righties.

The Oakland Athletics ended a four-game winning streak for the Boston Red Sox, cashing for my followers with Saturday’s 3-0 victory as 122 home favorites

A’s, Griffin hold off Sox

Athletics starter A.J. Griffin held Boston’s lineup to six hits over eight frames in Saturday’s shutout, with closer Grant Balfour tossing the final inning for his 25th save. Oakland’s Derek Norris poked a homer for his side’s first run, while mates Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick finished with 2-for-3 nights.

Red Sox shortstop Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-4 from the leadoff spot, while Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia combined to leave seven men on base. The contest’s three runs plunged below the ‘total’ of eight, moving the UNDER to 2-0 in the series. 

Colon goes seven for win

Colon notched his ninth win in 10 starts with Monday’s 2-1 triumph for Oakland as a 110 road favorite against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 16-year veteran allowed seven hits, while tossing five strikeouts over seven innings.

Oakland’s Jed Lowrie logged a 2-for-4 night, including his 23rd double of the year. Athletics third baseman Josh Reddick cracked a sacrifice fly, while Derek Norris later walked with the bases loaded for an RBI.

Workman makes debut

Workman was called up from Triple-A’s Pawtucket Red Sox this week, tossing two innings of mop-up relief in Wednesday’s 11-4 win for Boston over the Seattle Mariners. The rookie gave up a homer and two doubles, allowing three runs.

Workman’s six starts for Pawtucket led to a 3-1 record, with a 2.80 ERA. The latest effort on July 5 saw the righty hold the Rochester Red Wings to no runs over 6 1/3 frames, resulting in a no-decision after the Red Wings pulled out a late 1-0 win. 

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Back the UNDER in Oakland 

William Hill opened Colon as a 155 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at a flat 8 ½. The weather forecast in Oakland calls for a clear 68 degrees, with calm winds blowing outward. 

I am adding the UNDER in this duel to Sunday’s sports picks, looking for another low octane affair between these rivals. 

Colon has tossed tight ball at home, giving up a stingy 1.02 WHIP and .265 OBP. The UNDER is 3-2 in the 40-year-old’s last five starts at Coliseum, surrendering just one homer in that span’s 37 IP.

Boston failed to register a run against Colon’s arm in an April matchup, held to three hits in a rain-shortened seven frames. Colon has been stingy against his share of Red Sox sluggers, including a sparse 6-for-46 career mark for David Ortiz. 

Workman was roughed up a bit in Seattle, but faces an Athletics lineup that has been held to a .222 BA against right-handed pitching at home. The UNDER is 13-4 in Oakland’s last 17 home dates against a righty starter, while going 7-3-1 in Boston’s last 11 road games against clubs with winning records.

Umpire Bill Miller is slated behind home plate, with the UNDER collecting at a 7-2 clip in the California native’s last nine called games. Look for the UNDER to get the money again here, giving the wager a sweep in this finale.

Free Pick: UNDER 8 ½ at William Hill

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