Kendall Graveman (10-9, 3.96 ERA) and Eduardo Rodriguez (2-6, 5.35 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (57-78) and the Boston Red Sox (76-59) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics lost the last game 11-2, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on CSCA and NESN.
Graveman pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out one and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Astros. Rodriguez went 5.1 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking four in a 10-4 defeat to the Royals in his most recent start. David Ortiz (.318, 66 Rs, 31 HRs, 107 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Oakland recorded at least two errors for the 21st time this season.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are coming in with a 43-19 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Red Sox have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Red Sox have won their last three games while the Athletics have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-14. The Red Sox have a 66-16 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 749 this season. Oakland ranks 28th with 528 runs.
Boston tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .824 this season. Oakland ranks near the bottom at 27th with an OPS of .697.
The Red Sox are 44-48 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 29-64 when they allow at least one homer.