Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics 4/20/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, April 20, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Drew Pomeranz vs. Kendall Graveman
Oakland Coliseum is the site of the matchup between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 20, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Drew Pomeranz for the Red Sox and Kendall Graveman for the Athletics.
Boston opens at -129 while Oakland opens at +119. The Red Sox have a 10-6-1 over/under record and a 10-7-0 run line mark. The Athletics are 7-12-0 against the run line and have a 11-7-1 over/under record.
Valuable Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 10-6-1 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 10-7-0 against the run line
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 11-7-1 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 7-12-0 against the run line
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
04/12/18 P Bobby Poyner Hamstring 10-day DL (04/12)
04/11/18 SS Xander Bogaerts Ankle 10-day DL (04/09)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/30/18 P Tyler Thornburg Shoulder 10-day DL (03/29)
03/29/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 10-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Drew Pomeranz Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Steven Wright Knee 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
04/14/18 P Liam Hendriks Groin 10-day DL (04/14)
04/08/18 CF Boog Powell Knee 10-day DL (04/07)
03/29/18 C Josh Phegley Hand 10-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 P Paul Blackburn Forearm 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jharel Cotton Elbow 60-day DL (03/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 15-2 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz is expected to make his season debut for Boston. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.74 and they have given up 47 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .199 against the bullpen and they've struck out 71 hitters and walked 30 batters. As a team, Boston allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.7 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.66. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 123 base hits and 47 earned runs. They have allowed 9 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 53 batters and struck out 172. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.11 and their FIP as a unit is 2.75.
As a team Boston is hitting .287, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .485 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .358, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 10.4 hits per game. Rafael Devers is hitting .273 with an on-base percentage of .338. He has 18 hits this season in 66 at bats with 15 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 125. Xander Bogaerts is hitting .368 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .400. He has totaled 14 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 38 at bats. His OPS+ is 195 while his slugging percentage is at .711. The Red Sox have 176 hits, including 50 doubles and 22 home runs. Boston has walked 65 times so far this season and they have struck out 115 times as a unit. They have left 128 men on base and have a team OPS of .844. They score 6.35 runs per contest and have scored a total of 108 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 9-10 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 9.87, Kendall Graveman has a 0-3 record and a 2.02 WHIP this season. He has 10 strikeouts over the 17.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 28 hits. He allows 14.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 7.84. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.09 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .282 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 60 batters and walked 17 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.63. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 187 base knocks and 89 earned runs this season. They have given up 28 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 44 hitters and struck out 136 batters. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.49.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 3rd in the league. The Athletics hold a .444 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .350, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.5 hits per contest. Matt Chapman comes into this matchup batting .296 with an OBP of .390. He has 21 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 71 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .563 with an OPS+ of 169. Jed Lowrie is hitting .346 this season and he has an OBP of .404. He has collected 28 hits in 81 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 184 and a slugging percentage of .605. The Athletics as a unit have 181 base hits, including 35 doubles and 26 homers. Oakland has walked 77 times this year and they have struck out on 176 occasions. They have had 144 men left on base and have an OPS of .794. They have scored 5.47 runs per game and totaled 104 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics +119
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