Sean O'Sullivan (0-0, 9.00 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (19-13) go up against Sean Manaea (0-0, 7.20 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (14-19) in the second of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 14-7, and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 10 and will air on CSCA and NESN.
In his last start, O'Sullivan pitched 1.0 inning, giving up one run and striking out one in an 8-2 loss to the Yankees. David Ortiz (.321, 18 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. The Athletics were also unsuccessful the last time Manaea pitched. He struggled, going 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 9-8 loss to the Mariners. Khris Davis (.222, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 16 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are Boston -135 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.5.
The only other game between the two teams went Boston's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 11-5, while Oakland is 5-8.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are heading in with a 7-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-8. The Athletics have a 2-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 33 this season. Boston ranks in the top half with 34.
Ranking first in hits, Boston has earned 9.97 per game this season. Oakland ranks 13th with 8.30 hits.
Ranking 26th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.677). Boston ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .810.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 6-16. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 13-9 record.