Jesse Chavez (2-5, 2.11 ERA) takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics (23-34) as they go up against Joe Kelly (1-4, 5.83 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (25-31) in the second of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 4-2 and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 6 and will air on CSN-CA and NESN.
In his most recent outing, Kelly pitched 5.0 innings, allowing one, striking out three and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. Dustin Pedroia (.311, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs. In his pitching opportunities against the Red Sox, Chavez is 0-0 with a 0.73 ERA, 10 strikeouts and six walks.
Boston is a slight -114 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Red Sox are 15-21 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,309. The Red Sox will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Boston has only averaged 2.8 runs per game compared to the 3.8 they've averaged on the season.
Across the field, the Athletics have a record of 9-12 when they are the underdog and are -1,554 overall with the money line. Oakland is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.9 hits per contest. The Athletics are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.67 ERA this season. They also allow just 8.0 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL.
The Red Sox are 3-1 against the Athletics this season. This game will feature Chavez (RHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 17-22 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Kelly. They sport a 20-23 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
For the 11th time this season, the Athletics registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Red Sox play into extra innings, they have a 2-1 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 4-8 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 18-9. The Red Sox have a 21-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Boston has earned 210 this season. Oakland ranks sixth with 242 runs.
Ranking eighth, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 177 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at fourth with 180.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 18-16. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 16-16 record.