Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 7/18/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-175) Oakland (+150)
The Boston Red Sox (50-44) are traveling to Oakland Coliseum on Tuesday where they will try to beat the Oakland Athletics (25-70). The moneyline on this matchup has Boston at -175 while Oakland is priced at +150. The total is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Chris Murphy and Luis Medina.
The Red Sox have accumulated 214 doubles as a squad and have knocked 104 balls out of the park. Boston has a slugging % of .436 and have struck out 768 times, while being walked on 297 occasions. As a team, the Boston Red Sox are knocking in 5.0 runs per game, which is 5th in MLB. They have recorded 454 runs batted in and 856 base knocks over the course of the season, while their batting average is .265. They have earned a total of 474 runs scored and hold an OBP of .333.
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They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.92 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.31. Red Sox pitchers have relinquished 121 long balls and also 442 total runs (21st in MLB). Boston has allowed 811 base hits (8.8 per 9 innings) and 405 earned runs. The Red Sox hold a team ERA of 4.39 for the season (20th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 801 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 274 batters and their FIP is 4.39 as a unit so far this year.
The Red Sox relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 77.1% and has come into the game in 73 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 93 base runners on the year and 30.1% of them ended up scoring. Red Sox relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 60 times and also have had 78 appearances in high leverage situations. The Red Sox have dispatched 284 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. The relievers have a total of 38 holds this year (26th in baseball). They have recorded 27 saves over the course of the season and have blown 8 of 35 save opportunities.
The Boston Red Sox have accumulated 2,493 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 831 assists and 63 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .981 which is 30th in the majors, and have earned 79 double plays. The Red Sox have turned 68.3% of balls hit into play into outs out of 7,479 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 22nd in the majors.
Murphy has pitched in 16 frames and is sitting with 17 K's in his pro baseball career. Murphy (0-0 mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.46 while he has faced 71 opposing hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 2.16 (4 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.260. He has surrendered 13 base hits (7.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 8 walks.
The Athletics hold a team slugging percentage of .355 and they tally 3.62 runs per contest (30th in baseball). They have hit 126 doubles, while walking 310 times as well as scoring 344 runs. Oakland has accounted for 88 home runs on the campaign to go along with 331 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 876 instances (4th in MLB) and have totaled 697 hits. The Oakland Athletics have compiled an OBP of .301 in addition to a batting average of .222 over the course of the season.
The Athletics are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.561 and are the owners of a FIP of 5.27 as a unit on the campaign. They rank 29th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 892. The Oakland pitching staff have allowed 597 runs this year while holding an ERA of 6.07 (564 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 8.20 (758 strikeouts against 413 walks). They have given up 135 homers and they relinquish 6.43 runs per 9 innings (30th in MLB).
With 56 save situations, the Athletics have compiled 24 holds and 17 blown saves. Oakland has called on relievers to enter the game in 31 save chances and they have earned 14 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 112 times in high leverage situations and also on 117 occasions with runners on. Oakland relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 39.9% of 183 inherited base runners. They sit at 30th in the league holding a save percentage of 45.2%, and they have dispatched 318 relievers onto the diamond so far this year.
The Oakland Athletics have gotten 69 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .983 (26th in baseball). The Athletics have 747 assists, 56 errors and are sitting with 2,508 putouts for the year. Out of their 7,524 innings played, the Athletics are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 67.4% (28th in the majors).
During his career, Medina has given up 64 hits and he has 58 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 42 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.609 and having a FIP of 5.4. His K/BB ratio is 1.81 and he has gone up against 270 hitters so far in his MLB career. Medina (2-7 career mark) has a 6.34 earned run average and has allowed 9.7 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oakland (+150)
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