Sonny Gray (4-0, 1.65 ERA) gets the ball for the Oakland Athletics (13-22) as they meet Wade Miley (1-4, 6.91 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (15-18) in the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 9-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 3:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 13 and will air on NESN, CSN-CA and MLB Net.
In his most recent outing, Gray pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out nine and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners. Josh Reddick (.346, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 4 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Red Sox were unsuccessful the last time Miley pitched. He struggled, going, going 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 7-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
Oakland is a -147 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Athletics have a losing record of 7-14 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -1,371. The Athletics have one of the most prolific home offenses in the entire AL, averaging 5.4 runs per game. The Athletics rank third in the AL in hits with 9.1 per game.
On the other side, the Red Sox have a record of 6-6 when they are the underdog and are -524 overall with the money line. The Red Sox will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In their 10 most recent games, Boston's run production has dropped to 2.7 runs per game, compared to 4.6 for the duration of the season. Boston has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an AL-best 3.9 walks per game.
This game will feature Miley (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 1-5 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Red Sox will be the right-hander Gray. They sport an 11-14 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Boston is 7-9, while Oakland is 6-14.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 1-1 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-12. The Red Sox have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Oakland ranks ninth with 34 homers and Boston is eighth with 35.
Ranking 10th, Boston is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.03 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 9.09.
Ranking 23rd, Boston is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.682). Oakland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .722.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 6-17. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 2-14 record.