Can the Red Sox win their third game in a row? Will Oakland be able to snap a six game losing streak? We have those answers & our MLB pick for Tuesday's tilt.
Red Sox and Athletics clash again in Oakland
The Red Sox will go for their third win in a row on Tuesday at Oakland. The first pitch is slated for 10:05 PM ET, and it will be the second of a three game series. Boston was a 5-4 extra inning winner in the series opener, thanks to a go ahead home run by Pablo Sandoval in the top of the 11th. According to the MLB betting odds at GTBets for Tuesday’s games, Oakland is a -126 money line favorite, and the posted total is 8.0.
Justin Masterson will make his seventh start of the season for the Red Sox. Masterson’s second stint in Boston isn’t off to a very good beginning. He’s gone 3-3 in his six team starts with a lofty 5.18 ERA, and a less than stellar 1.58 WHIP. The right-hander has been in shaky form during his last three starts, posting a 4.67 ERA, a large 1.73 WHIP, and issued four more walks than strikeouts. Masterson is 3-7 in his career team starts versus Oakland while posting a poor 7.57 ERA, and all of those outings have come since 2010.
Drew Pomeranz gets the nod for Oakland this evening. Pomeranz has displayed bad form during his last three starts, posting an unimpressive 6.14 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and all three of those games went over the total. As a matter of fact, Pomeranz is 1-5 in his team starts thus far, posting a 5.12 ERA, and five of the six went over the number. This will be the first career start against Boston for the Oakland southpaw hurler.
Tonight will be the fifth consecutive road game for the Red Sox. Boston is 9-0 over the MLB odds total this season, following three or more games in a row on the road. Those nine games averaged a combined 13.3 runs per contest. The Boston bullpen has allowed an alarming 16 home runs in their first thirty-two games of the season.
Oakland has gone a remarkable 13-1 over the total at home this season, and those games averaged a combined 10.0 runs per game. The A’s have also gone 17-4-2 over the total in their last twenty-three games overall. The bullpen for Oakland has really struggled to start the year, and has posted a collective 5.17 ERA as a staff.
The combination of shaky starting pitchers, terrible relief pitching, and both teams propensity to go over the total in this exact situation are telling factors. I'm willing to place my MLB pick expecting this game to be a high scoring affair on Tuesday.
MLB Picks: Play on Boston and Oakland to go over the total of 8.0 at GTBets.