Wade Miley (4-5, 4.97 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (2-3, 2.93 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (24-31) and the Oakland Athletics (23-33) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 5 and can be seen on CSN-CA, NESN and MLB Network.
Miley pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking two in an 8-0 defeat to the Rangers. Hanley Ramirez (.263, 29 Rs, 12 HRs, 28 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5. Against the Red Sox, Kazmir is 9-8 with a 3.94 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 160 strikeouts. Stephen Vogt (.308, 27 Rs, 11 HRs, 39 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Boston is a -121 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 -1,150 and a record as the favorite of 15-20. The Red Sox have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.7 runs per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 9-12 record and an overall money line of -1,554. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 8.9 hits per game. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.64 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Athletics are fifth in the AL with an average of 8.0 hits allowed per game.
The Red Sox lead the season series, 2-1. The Red Sox have a 7-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Miley (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a poor 0-4 record on the road against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
Boston recorded at least two errors for the eighth time this season.
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 3-8 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 4-26. The Athletics have a 4-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting 48 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 12th with 52.
Ranking 11th, Boston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.17 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 8.87.
Ranking 24th, Boston is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.683). Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .710.
The Athletics are 5-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 9-26 when they allow at least one homer.