Clay Buchholz (3-6, 3.82 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (3-2, 5.56 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (26-31) and the Oakland Athletics (23-35) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 4-2 and Boston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 7 and can be seen on CSN-CA and NESN.
Buchholz is 3-2 with a 6.68 ERA, 1.99 WHIP, and 25 strikeouts against the Athletics. Hanley Ramirez (.272, 31 Rs, 13 HRs, 31 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. When pitching against the Red Sox, Graveman is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, and zero strikeouts. Josh Reddick (.296, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Boston is a -151 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -1,209 and a record as the favorite of 16-21.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 9-13 record and an overall money line of -1,654. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 8.9 hits per game. Oakland is excellent at drawing walks with 3.1 per road game, ranking fifth in the AL. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.64 ERA.
The Red Sox lead the season series, 4-1. The Red Sox have a 17-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Graveman takes the mound. Buchholz (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 20-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Boston is 12-12, while Oakland is 10-21.
The Red Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are coming in with a 12-11 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 two games while the Athletics have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 18-9. The Red Sox have a 22-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Boston is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 214 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 244.
Ranking eighth, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 181 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 186.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 19-16. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 16-17 record.