Justin Masterson (2-1, 5.18 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (15-17) are in Oakland to meet Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 5.12 ERA) and the Athletics (12-22) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the second of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics lost the last game 5-4, extending a six-game losing streak. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 12 and will air on NESN and CSN-CA.
Pomeranz is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA against the Red Sox in his career, and faces a struggling Boston offense that's hitting just .234 on the year. Josh Reddick (.323, 16 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his career against the Athletics, Masterson is 2-7 with a 6.61 ERA. He gets a strong Oakland offense that's batting .260. Pablo Sandoval (.302, 16 Rs, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oakland is favored by a slight -108 margin in its matchup against Boston. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). The Athletics perform poorly as a favorite with a 7-13 record and have an overall money line of -1,256. The Athletics come into the game with the AL's third-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.4 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Athletics rank third in the AL in hits with 9.1 per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Red Sox come into this game with a win percentage of .455 when playing as the underdog (5-6) and an overall money line of -629. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.6 runs per game, below their 4.3 season average. Boston has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an AL-best 3.9 walks per game.
The only other game between the two teams went Boston's way. The Athletics will take on a right-hander (Masterson) in this game and have an 11-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Pomeranz will take the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 3-3 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
Boston is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games,.
Boston is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games, on the road.
Boston is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games, when playing Oakland.
Boston is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games, when playing on the road against Oakland.
The Red Sox won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Athletics are 1-11. The Red Sox are 6-3 in close games 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 Boston batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Oakland has a record of 0-14 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-12. The Red Sox have a 4-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland and Boston both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Oakland sits at 10th with 31 home runs this season and Boston ranks 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 22nd, Boston is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.692). Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .712.
The Red Sox are 6-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 2-14 when they allow at least one homer.