The Oakland Athletics jumped out to a lead early last night, but that was the only redeeming feature of their performance. Sonny Gray had difficulties holding the lead, and the game turned into a route by the Red Sox. The Red Sox have been seeing the ball well, and boy did it show last night, putting up 14 runs in a 14-7 win. It looks a score between the Raiders and Patriots at half-time, but it worked for the Red Sox on the baseball diamond last night. Clay Buchholz wasn’t great, but he did enough to not allow the game to get out of hand. The offense was able to do the rest and poured it in against Sonny Gray. The A’s have a lot of questions to answer with Gray, as he continues to face early season struggles. The Red Sox know how that feels with David Price. Both squads are hoping to get quality production out of two pitchers who are trying to get control of their careers.
For the Athletics, getting something out of Sean Manaea than the Red Sox Sean O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan has been around for the past several years and his role has been defined well, which is, go in for a spot start when there is an injury or an urgent need for a replacement pitcher. That isn’t the career you envision as a major leaguer, but he has gotten some pretty handy paychecks for getting abused for the greater part of his career. I faded him as a Philadelphia Phillie last year and it paid off well. He was out there throwing fastballs under 90mph. That isn’t going to work at this level, or even in AAA for that matter. After stops in LA, Kansas City, San Diego, and Philadelphia, the Red Sox are trying to get something of worth out of him. Manaea is in a bit of an audition role right now. He struggled mightily in his only two starts this season. Somebody has to step up in both of these rotations, we’ll see if they can find anything positive out about Manaea and O’Sullivan tonight.
Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox
Sean Manaea (0-0, 7.20 ERA) vs. Sean O’Sullivan (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
Which Sean is going to rein supreme tonight? Or maybe the better question is, which pitcher is going to keep his head above water? That may be all it takes to win this ballgame. Buchholz wasn’t great yesterday, but Sonny Gray drown while Clay weathered the storm. O’Sullivan has appeared in one game, with only 1 inning pitched, where he allowed 2 hits and 1 run. It equates to an ERA of 9.00. In his last three starts of last year, he posted 6 runs allowed in each start, including a staggering 30 hits. O’Sullivan finished that season with a 6.08 ERA and a 6.39 ERA in 2014. It’s a wonder how he is still getting jobs at the Major League level.
I have to say, I don’t think O’Sullivan should be starting for any franchise in baseball. Not with any indications of success. He should be a guy to stuff in your bullpen and hope for the best. Manaea hasn’t been around for long. In fact, he just made the first start of his career recently. It wasn’t a fun time for Manaea, who has been punished for 4 runs against in both of his two starts in 2016. He has posted a 7.20 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, heading into Boston. It should be a similar game to last night in the sense that the offenses are going to be the deciding factor. I don’t know how much help Manaea or O’Sullivan can be. Lots of runs tonight, which leads us to a play on the OVER.
PICK: OVER 9.5 RUNS (-110)