Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Friday June 5th, 2015. At 7:10 PM EST.
The (23-33) Oakland A’s of the American League West Division will travel from Detroit, where last played on June 4th. To the “BAY STATE”. For the start of a three-game series. Oakland will play the (24-31)Boston Red Sox of the American League East in 2015 Baseball action. The teams will play at historic Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The Best Sports Handicapper believes after a rough start the Oakland A’s are going to turn the corner. Oakland management knows how to get their players compete in the Summer months. The Boston Red Sox have disappointed so far in the 2015 MLB Season. Boston is still one of the favorites to win it all. The opening betting line has the Boston Red Sox as a -115 home favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is eight runs for Friday’s game.
The 2015 Oakland A’s have won four straight baseball games, including a road sweep in Detroit in their last series. Oakland scored eighteen runs in the 3-games in the “MOTOR CITY” The A’s are last in the AL West, eleven and a half games out of first-place. The A’s are 14-16 away from the “EAST BAY” this season.
*Catcher Stephen Vogt leads the team in four of five major offensive categories.
*Shortstop Marcus Semien has a team-high fifty-nine hits.
*Oakland has a .391 slugging percentage at the plate.
*Starting Pitcher Sonny Gray has a staff best seven wins with a 1.65 ERA and seventy-three strikeouts.
*Reliever Tyler Clippard has nine saves under his belt.
*The A’s pitching rotation averaged 7.64 strikeouts per outing.
*The A’s will travel back to the “BAY AREA” for three games on June 9th.
*Notable injuries: A’s Center Fielder Coco Crisp is on the 15-day disabled list. With a neck injury.
.*Voght has a minor leg injury. First Baseman Ike Davis is also on the disabled list.
*The betting odds over the total are 6-1-2 Oakland last nine MLB contests on Friday’s.
*The betting odds under the total are 5-1-3 Oakland last nine as a betting odds underdog.
The Oakland A’s are 7-3 their last ten MLB Expert Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total four times, staying under the betting odds total five and has a push. The Oakland A’s will have “LEFTY” Scott Kazmir, who is (2-3) with a 2.93 ERA on the pitchers mound for game one of the series. The Houston, Texas native pitched three innings, giving up no hits and zero runs his last start on May 27th, a 3-2 home loss to Detroit.
*Bovada.Lv has the Oakland A’s at 35/1 to win the 2015 MLB American League Pennant.
*The betting odds under the total are 10-3 the last thirteen times the team has met.
*Kazmir is dealing with tightness in his shoulder but is ready to go Friday.
The 2015 Boston Red Sox have lost their last two baseball contests. The Red Sox lost two of three at home to Minnesota in their last series. Boston is in the cellar of the Division, five and a half games behind first-place New York Yankees. The Red Sox are 12-15 in front of the home crowd this season.
*Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia leads the offense with a .303 batting average, sixty-six hits and a .365 on base percentage.
*Left Fielder Hanley Ramirez has a team-best twelve long balls and twenty-eight runs batted in.
*The “BOSOX” have a .240 team batting average.
*Starting Pitcher Clay Buchholz leads the rotation with a 3.82 ERA and 70 strikeouts.
*Rick Porcello has a staff best four wins.
*noteable Injury: Right Fielder Shane Victorino is on the 15-day disabled list with a calf injury.
*The Red Sox will hit the road for three games on Tuesday June 9th in Baltimore.
*The betting odds under the total are 12-4 Boston last sixteen at Fenway.
*The betting odds under the total are 23-9-1 Boston last thirty-three overall.
*The betting odds over the total are 15-6-1 the last 22 between the teams in “BEANTOWN”.
The Red Sox are 3-7 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six.
Left Hander Wade Miley, who is (4-5) with a 4.97 Earned Run Average, will be on the hill. The 6’0″ 220 pound Southeastern Louisiana University product threw four innings, giving up nine hits and a six runs his last start on May 30th, an 8-0 road defeat to Houston.
*The Boston Red Sox are 18/1 to win the 2015 MLB AL title.