Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 6/18/2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 9:05 PM on NESN, CSCA
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Boston Red Sox - Peavy, J (1-4) vs. Oakland Athletics - Kazmir, S (8-2)
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Veteran starter Jake Peavy and the Boston Red Sox will face off against left-hander Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.
Right-hander Jake Peavy ended up with a no decision against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, but he certainly pitched well enough to get the win. In six innings of work in that outing, Peavy allowed just one run on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. He is just 1-4 this season so far with a 4.53 ERA and he is giving up more hits per nine innings (9.6) than he has since way back in his rookie season.
Alberto Callaspo has faced Peavy more than any of the other A's and he is 6-for-23 against him with two doubles and five RBI. John Jaso has just one hit against the right-hander in eight at-bats.
Over the weekend, Scott Kazmir won his second consecutive start by defeating the New York Yankees in Oakland. He pitched six innings in that start and gave up just one unearned run on three hits while walking three and striking out two. Kazmir has had a very good season so far this year, but he has also benefited from 6.09 runs per nine innings from his offense, which is one of the highest rates for a starter in the big leagues.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has a .514 batting average against Kazmir through 35 at-bats with five doubles, a triple and a home run.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 26-41-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.2
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 35-31-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.8
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
06/02/14 1B Mike Carp Foot 15-day DL (6/1)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
05/29/14 P Clay Buchholz Knee 15-day DL (5/27)
05/24/14 RF Shane Victorino Hamstring 15-day DL (5/24)
05/21/14 P Felix Doubront Shoulder 15-day DL (5/20)
05/17/14 3B Will Middlebrooks Finger 15-day DL (5/16)
06/03/14 RF Josh Reddick Knee 15-day DL (6/1)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (2/17)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Oakland
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