Clay Buchholz (1-3, 5.71 ERA) and Sonny Gray (3-3, 4.84 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (18-13) and the Oakland Athletics (14-18) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 9 and can be seen on CSCA and NESN.
Buchholz pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-2 win over the White Sox. David Ortiz (.308, 17 Rs, 9 HRs, 27 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. Gray went 7.0 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out six and walking one in an 8-2 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Josh Reddick (.319, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 15 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Boston and Oakland are Red Sox -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
Oakland has won 38% (5-8) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 69% (11-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
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 6-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 12-3. The Red Sox have a 17-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Oakland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 117 this season. Boston ranks in the top five with 156.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 78 this season. Boston ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 95.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 13-8. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 10-10 record.