Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 7/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+100) Oakland (-125)
Cole Irvin and the Oakland Athletics (48-35, 2nd in AL West) host the Boston Red Sox (51-31, 1st in AL East) at RingCentral Coliseum on Saturday. The Red Sox open this contest at +100 while the Athletics are priced at -125. The O/U is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Garrett Richards and Cole Irvin.
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The Red Sox have accounted for 177 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 106 balls out of the park. Boston has a slugging percentage of .448 and have been called out on strikes 716 times, while taking a walk on 229 occasions. As a unit, the Boston Red Sox are notching 5.2 runs per game, which ranks them 2nd in baseball. They have amassed 401 runs batted in and 728 base knocks for the season, and their team batting average comes in at .263. They have accumulated 425 runs and have an OBP of .325.
The Red Sox have a team ERA of 4.05 on the campaign (15th in the league), and the staff has rung up 765 batters. Their K/BB ratio is 2.69 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.39. Red Sox pitchers have yielded 83 home runs and also 363 total runs (17th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 284 opposing batters and their FIP is 3.87 as a squad this year.
The Red Sox bullpen have a save percentage of 70.3% and stepped onto the hill in 94 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 125 runners on the campaign with 28.8% of them crossed home plate. Red Sox pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 78 times and also have had 99 appearances in high leverage situations. The Red Sox have dispatched 268 relievers to the mound this year. The relievers have accumulated 54 holds for the year (2nd in MLB). They have recorded 26 saves over the course of the season and have blown 11 of 37 save chances.
The Red Sox have converted 65.4% of balls in play into outs out of their 6,507 innings, ranking them 30th in baseball. The Boston Red Sox have a tally of 2,169 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 750 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .980 which is 29th in professional baseball, and have a total of 585 double plays.
Richards has thrown 886 innings and is sitting with 769 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. Richards (51-46 career record) sits with a FIP of 3.79 and he has faced 3,752 opposing batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.75 (369 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.295. He has allowed 818 hits (8.3 hits per nine innings) and has had 330 free passes.
The Oakland Athletics have compiled a team on-base percentage of .316 in addition to a batting average of .234 this year. They have been called out on strikes on 712 occasions (15th in the league) and have earned 636 base hits. Oakland has a total of 103 home runs for the season to go along with 350 runs batted in. The Athletics hold a team slugging % of .407 and they average 4.51 runs per game (13th in baseball). They have put up 136 doubles, while getting a free base 288 times as well as scoring 374 runs.
The Athletics hold a team WHIP of 1.256 in addition to having a FIP of 4.01 as a squad this year. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.04 (679 strikeouts vs 223 walks). They rank 25th in baseball as a staff in total hits surrendered with 698. They have conceded 94 long balls and they concede 4.22 runs per 9 innings (11th in baseball). The Oakland pitching staff have surrendered 344 runs on the campaign while having an ERA of 3.92 (319 earned runs surrendered).
Oakland has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 32 save chances and they have earned 21 saves. They are currently ranked 11th in MLB with a save percentage of 65.6%, and they have sent 246 relievers to the hill for the year. Their relief pitchers have come in 64 times in high leverage situations and on 62 occasions with runners on base. Oakland relievers have an inherited score rate of 34.1% out of 91 inherited base runners. Sitting with 71 save situations, the Athletics have 39 holds and also 11 blown saves.
The Oakland Athletics have turned 60 double plays and have a fielding rate of .988 (4th in MLB). The Athletics have recorded 654 assists, 36 errors and have accounted for 2,199 putouts on the campaign. In 6,597 innings played, the Athletics have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (17th in baseball).
Irvin (8-9 mark in his career) holds a 4.65 ERA while conceding 9.9 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.32 and he has gone up against 597 opposing hitters during his MLB career. He has allowed a total of 72 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.328 and having a FIP of 4.1. So far in his pro baseball career, Irvin has surrendered 154 base hits while earning 103 K's in 139 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oakland (-125)
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