Monday, May 9, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Sonny Gray vs. Clay Buchholz
The Oakland Athletics visit Fenway Park on Monday to play the Boston Red Sox. The probable starters are Sonny Gray for the Athletics and Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +110 and Boston at -120. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Athletics have a 13-16-2 over/under record and a 16-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Red Sox are 17-13-0 against the run line and have a 15-14-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup with a 14-17 record, including 9-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Sonny Gray has a 3-3 record with an earned run average of 4.84 and a WHIP of 1.44. He has 32 strikeouts over his 35.1 innings pitched and he has given up 35 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.55. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.91 and they have given up 92 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 97 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 8.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.99 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 267 base hits and 120 earned runs. They have allowed 32 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 100 batters and struck out 245. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.03.
As a team, Oakland is batting .242, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .265 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .293 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.23 hits per game. Stephen Vogt comes into this game hitting .269 and his on-base percentage is at .307. He has 25 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 7 runs batted in. He's struck out 17 times and has walked 5 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .301 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 34 hits so far while scoring 12 runs and he's driven in 14. He has walked 10 times and has struck out 19 times. The Athletics have 255 hits, including 40 doubles and 32 home runs. They've stolen 17 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 6 times. Oakland has walked 74 times this season and they've struck out 212 times as a unit. They've left 197 men on base and have a team OPS of .673. They score 3.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 114 runs so far this year.
Boston comes into this matchup with a 8-7 home record and a 17-13 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.71, Clay Buchholz has a 1-3 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 25 strikeouts over the 34.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 34 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.98. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 80 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Red Sox bullpen while being struck out 108 times and walking 46 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 7.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.34 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 238 base knocks and 127 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 28 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Boston as a staff has walked 119 hitters and struck out 278. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 3.88.
As a team, they are batting .282, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .280 average at home. The Red Sox hold a .449 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.93 hits per contest. Xander Bogaerts comes into this matchup batting .311 and he has an OBP of .371. He has 37 hits this year along with 21 runs scored and 13 RBI. He's struck out 20 times and has walked on 11 occasions. Dustin Pedroia is hitting .308 and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 40 hits so far while he's scored 20 runs and drove in 14. He has earned a walk 8 times and has punched out 21 times. The Red Sox as a unit have 298 base hits, including 72 doubles and 28 homers. They have 24 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 2 times. Boston as a team has walked 94 times this year and they have struck out 233 times. They've had 216 men left on base and have an OPS of .792. They score 5.03 runs per game and have totaled 151 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 13-16-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 16-15-0 against the run line so far this season
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 15-14-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 17-13-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/29/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 15-day DL (4/28); out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Boston Red Sox
05/03/16 3B Pablo Sandoval Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
04/19/16 P Joe Kelly Shoulder 15-day DL (4/19)
04/04/16 P Brandon Workman Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Eduardo Rodrigue Knee 15-day DL (4/2)
Tony's Pick: Take the Red Sox
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