Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 7/2/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Friday, July 2, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-125) Oakland (+100)
Frankie Montas and the Oakland Athletics (48-34, 2nd in AL West) host the Boston Red Sox (50-31, 1st in AL East) at RingCentral Coliseum on Friday. The Red Sox open this matchup at -125 while the Athletics are priced at +100. The over/under is set at 7.5. The starting pitchers are Eduardo Rodriguez and Frankie Montas.
The Red Sox have hit 174 doubles as a unit and have knocked 102 balls out of the stadium. Boston has a slugging % of .442 and have been called out on strikes 707 times, while drawing a walk on 225 occasions. As a unit, the Boston Red Sox are scoring 5.1 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 3rd in MLB. They have recorded 387 RBI's as well as 711 base knocks on the year, and their average at the plate is at .260. They have accounted for 410 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .322.
The Red Sox have compiled a team ERA of 4.10 on the campaign (15th in the league), and their staff has rung up 757 batters. They have walked 284 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 3.90 as a unit on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.67 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.40. Red Sox pitchers have given up 83 long balls and 362 total runs (19th in MLB).
The Red Sox relief pitchers have a save percentage of 70.3% and has come into the game in 94 save situations. The relievers have inherited 125 base runners on the campaign with 28.8% of those players ended up crossing the plate. Red Sox pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 78 times in addition to having 99 appearances in high leverage situations. The Red Sox have sent 267 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year. The relievers are sitting with 54 holds for the season (2nd in MLB). They have earned 26 saves for the year and have blown 11 out of their 37 save chances.
The Red Sox have converted 65.4% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 6,426 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 30th in pro baseball. The Boston Red Sox have notched a total of 2,142 putouts thus far, as well as 742 assists and 58 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .980 which has them ranked 29th in baseball, and they have twisted 578 double plays.
Rodriguez (57-35 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.90 while he has faced 3,314 hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has conceded 751 hits (8.7 hits per nine innings) with 266 free passes. His earned run average is 4.21 (364 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.308. Rodriguez has taken the ball for 777 innings and has totaled 800 strikeouts so far in his career.
The Athletics hold a team slugging percentage of .409 and they score 4.52 runs per game (13th in the league). They have notched 133 two-baggers, while walking 285 times as well as scoring 371 runs. Oakland has accumulated 103 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 348 RBIs. They have struck out on 704 occasions (16th in the league) and have recorded 631 hits. The Oakland Athletics have an on-base percentage of .316 in addition to a batting average of .235 over the course of the season.
The Athletics have a team WHIP of 1.247 and have a FIP of 3.95 as a unit over the course of the season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.05 (671 strikeouts against 220 free passes). They are sitting at 25th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 683. They have conceded 90 long balls and they allow 4.18 runs per 9 innings (10th in the league). The Oakland pitching staff have relinquished 336 runs for the year while having a team ERA of 3.87 (311 earned runs conceded).
Oakland has had bullpen pitchers enter the contest in 32 save opportunities and they have recorded 21 saves. They are currently ranked 11th in MLB with a save percentage of 65.6%, and they have sent 243 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond on the season. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 64 times in high leverage situations and on 62 occasions with base runners. Oakland relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 34.1% out of their 91 inherited base runners. With 71 save situations, the Athletics have earned 39 holds in addition to 11 blown saves.
In their 6,516 innings played, the Athletics have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.8% (15th in the majors). The Oakland Athletics have twisted 59 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .987 (4th in MLB). The Athletics have recorded 646 assists, 36 errors and have accumulated 2,172 putouts so far this year.
During his career, Montas has surrendered 361 hits while earning 354 punch outs in 348 innings pitched. Montas (25-21 career record) has a 4.34 ERA while allowing 9.3 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 168 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.380 and having a FIP of 4.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.95 and he has gone up against 1,515 opposing hitters during his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oakland (+100)
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