MLB Spread Handicapping: Red Sox vs Athletics - 7/9

MLB Spread Handicapping: Red Sox vs Athletics - 7/9

MLB Spread Handicapping: Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics - 7/9

Game Summary

The Boston Red Sox are set to face the Oakland Athletics on July 9th at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Both teams are at different spectrums in the standings, with the Red Sox having a solid season and the Athletics struggling. This game will be pivotal for the Red Sox as they look to maintain their playoff hopes, while the Athletics will aim to spoil their party. Boston is currently 49-40, sitting third in the AL East, while Oakland is 34-58, last in the AL West. Brayan Bello will take the mound for the Red Sox, while Joey Estes will start for the Athletics. The Red Sox have been strong at home, but the Athletics have shown flashes of competitiveness. This game promises to be intriguing as both teams have different motivations.

 

Odds and Betting Lines

Market Odds
Over/Under 9.5
Boston Red Sox Spread -1.5 (+105)
Oakland Athletics Spread +1.5 (-126)
Boston Red Sox Moneyline -180
Oakland Athletics Moneyline +150

 

Pitching Probables

Pitcher W-L ERA Strikeouts
Brayan Bello (BOS) 8-5 5.19 71
Joey Estes (OAK) 3-3 4.39 43

 

Team Previews

Boston Red Sox

Hitting: The Red Sox have a potent lineup, ranked 9th in hits (772) and 13th in runs scored (414). Rafael Devers leads the team with a .293 batting average and 21 home runs.

Relief Pitching: Boston's bullpen has been reliable, with their relievers accumulating 24 saves, ranking them tied-11th in MLB.

Fielding: The Red Sox have committed 67 errors, which is the most in MLB, reflecting a need for improvement in defense.

Starting Pitching: Brayan Bello has been decent, although his 5.19 ERA indicates struggles in some starts. However, his 8 wins show he can be effective.

Oakland Athletics

Hitting: The Athletics struggle offensively, ranking 27th in hits (682) and 28th in runs (347). Brent Rooker is their standout hitter with a .278 average and 18 home runs.

Relief Pitching: Oakland's bullpen has been less effective, with only 17 saves, placing them 27th in MLB.

Fielding: The Athletics have committed 57 errors, ranking 4th in MLB, showing some defensive prowess.

Starting Pitching: Joey Estes has shown promise with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, indicating control on the mound.

 

Team Injuries

Boston Red Sox

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Vaughn Grissom 2B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jul 29

Oakland Athletics

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Paul Blackburn SP Foot Expected to be out until at least Jul 24

 

Betting Trends

  • Boston is 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • Oakland is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Boston is 20-23 at home this season.
  • Oakland is 12-33 on the road this season.
  • The over has hit in 4 of Boston's last 5 games.
  • The under has hit in 5 of Oakland's last 7 games.
  • Boston has covered the spread in 5 of their last 7 games against Oakland.
  • Oakland has failed to cover the spread in 4 of their last 5 games.
  • Boston is 9-4 in games started by Bello.
  • Oakland is 3-3 in games started by Estes.

 

Recent Games

Boston Red Sox

Opponent Score W/L
@ New York Yankees W 3-0 W
@ New York Yankees L 14-4 L
@ New York Yankees W 5-3 W
@ Miami Marlins W 6-5 W
@ Miami Marlins W 7-2 W

Oakland Athletics

Opponent Score W/L
vs Baltimore Orioles L 6-3 L
vs Baltimore Orioles W 19-8 W
vs Baltimore Orioles L 3-2 L
@ Los Angeles Angels W 5-0 W
@ Los Angeles Angels W 5-0 W

 

Team Rankings

Category Boston Red Sox Oakland Athletics
Hitting 9th 27th
Starting Pitching 7th 23rd
Relief Pitching 11th 27th
Fielding 1st 4th

 

Significant Betting Stats

  • Boston is 9-4 in games started by Bello.
  • Oakland is 3-3 in games started by Estes.
  • The over has hit in 4 of Boston's last 5 games.
  • The under has hit in 5 of Oakland's last 7 games.
  • Boston has covered the spread in 5 of their last 7 games against Oakland.
  • Oakland has failed to cover the spread in 4 of their last 5 games.
  • Boston is 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • Oakland is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Boston is 20-23 at home this season.
  • Oakland is 12-33 on the road this season.

 

Weather

The weather at Fenway Park on July 9th is expected to be cloudy with a temperature of 85°F. This should provide a comfortable environment for both teams to perform.

 

Prediction

Pick: Boston Red Sox to cover -1.5

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Given the current form of both teams and the pitching matchup, the Boston Red Sox are favored to win this game by more than 1.5 runs. Brayan Bello has been effective for the Red Sox, and their batting lineup is significantly stronger than Oakland's. Additionally, the Athletics have struggled on the road, making it likely that the Red Sox will cover the spread.

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