Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 6/20/2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 2:05 PM on NESN, CSCA
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Boston Red Sox - De La Rosa, R (2-2) vs. Oakland Athletics - Chavez, J (6-4)
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Saturday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox will send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound to face the Oakland Athletics and Jesse Chavez. It will be De La Rosa’s 5th start and Chavez’s 15th.
Rubby De La Rosa evened his record to 2 – 2 with a 2.84 ERA after getting the win his last time out. In that outing, De La Rosa tossed 7 scoreless innings and surrendered just a hit and 3 walks while striking out 3. Both of De La Rosa’s wins have come on outings where he has held the opposition scoreless in 7 innings. Last season, De La Rosa worked exclusively out of the Red Sox bullpen en route to 0 – 2 record and 5.56 ERA in 11 appearances.
In 2013, De La Rosa didn’t face Oakland and he has only faced one of the current A’s in his career. Alberto Callaspo is 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout against De La Rosa.
Jesse Chavez improved his record to 6 - 4 with a 2.93 ERA after winning his last start. His last time out, Chavez allowed just a run on 5 hits in 6 innings of work. He didn’t issue any walks as he struck out 4. In 2013, Chavez served the A’s as a reliever and made 35 appearances out of the bullpen as he compiled a record of 2 – 4 with a save and an ERA of 3.92.
Last season, Chavez made 2 appearances against Boston and pitched 2.1 innings of relief. He only allowed a hit and a walk while striking out 1. But Chavez has seen many of the Red Sox before. He has held Boston to a .192 average with 5 hits, 4 homers and 8 RBIs in 26 at-bats.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 26-43-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.2
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 36-32-4 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)
06/17/14 P Drew Pomeranz Hand 15-day DL (6/16)
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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