Oakland Athletics vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 5/12/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+112) Boston (-122)
James Kaprielian and the Oakland Athletics (21-15, 1st in AL West) are headed to Fenway Park on Wednesday where they'll take on the Boston Red Sox (22-14, 1st in AL East). The moneyline on this matchup has the Athletics priced at +112 and the Red Sox are at -122. The over/under is set at 7.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are James Kaprielian and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Oakland has a slugging % of .388 and have struck out 323 times, while drawing a walk on 128 occasions. They have accounted for 141 RBI's and 252 hits for the year, and their average at the plate is at .219. The Athletics have recorded 45 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 46 baseballs out of the park. They have earned a total of 150 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .308. As a squad, the Oakland Athletics are recording 4.2 runs per game, which is 18th in baseball.
The Athletics hold a team earned run average of 4.16 over the course of the season (17th in the league), and the staff has struck out 308 batters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 3.11 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.29. Athletics pitchers have yielded 39 long balls and also 160 total runs (20th in baseball). They have walked 99 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 3.83 as a team on the year.
Athletics relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 29 times in addition to having 34 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have 15 holds so far this year (20th in MLB). The Athletics relievers have recorded a save rate of 90.9% and has come into the game in 26 save situations. They have tallied 10 saves on the campaign and have blown 1 of their 11 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 46 base runners on the campaign and 41.3% of those players crossed the plate. The Athletics have sent 115 relievers to the mound so far this season.
The Athletics have converted 68.4% of balls hit into play into outs out of 2,862 innings, which has them sitting 25th in pro baseball. The Oakland Athletics have earned 954 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 281 assists and 20 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .984 which puts them in 13th in the majors, and have accumulated 263 double plays.
Kaprielian has taken the ball for 3 innings and is sitting with 4 K's thus far in his career. Kaprielian (0-0 career record) has earned a FIP of 9.74 while going up against 17 batters in the majors. His earned run average is 7.36 (3 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.636. He has given up 4 base hits (9.8 hits per 9 innings) and has 2 walks.
The Red Sox hold a slugging percentage of .439 and they are scoring 5.22 runs per contest (2nd in MLB). They have hit 80 two-baggers, while walking 103 times and recording 188 runs. Boston has knocked in 43 long balls for the season and 171 RBIs. They have struck out on 300 instances (16th in the league) and have notched a total of 324 hits. The Boston Red Sox have recorded a team OBP of .328 and a batting average of .264 so far this year.
The Red Sox hold a team WHIP of 1.309 in addition to having a FIP of 3.42 as a unit for the season. They rank 26th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 294. The Boston pitching staff have conceded 155 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.97 (140 earned runs relinquished). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.77 (335 strikeouts against 121 walks). They have conceded 27 long balls and they allow 4.40 runs per 9 innings (16th in baseball).
Boston relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 37.0% out of their 46 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 49 times in high leverage situations and also on 31 occasions with runners on base. With 38 save situations, the Red Sox have accrued 23 holds in addition to 5 blown saves. They rank 13th in MLB holding a save rate of 66.7%, and they have dispatched 119 bullpen pitchers to the mound so far this season. Boston has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 15 save opportunities and they have converted 10 saves.
The Boston Red Sox have twisted 32 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .979 (26th in baseball). The Red Sox have recorded 335 assists, 27 errors and have amassed 952 putouts on the season. In their 2,856 innings on the diamond, the Red Sox are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 66.7% (29th in pro baseball).
During his MLB career, Rodriguez has conceded 692 hits while he has totaled 740 K's in 732 innings pitched. Rodriguez (56-31 career mark) has a 4.02 earned run average while surrendering 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 327 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.291 and a FIP of 3.9. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.92 and he has faced 3,108 opposing batters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-122)
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