Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Atheletics Pick – MLB June 3, 2022

The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics have a three-game series at RingCentral Coliseum this weekend. The Red Sox are coming off a 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

This was a big win to avoid three straight losses and four losses in five games. The Red Sox were able to stop the bleeding before things got out of control. It’s tough on them this season in a division that features three very good teams.

The Yankees, Rays, and Blue Jays are all too good for Boston this season. The Bronx Bombers were red-hot to open the season, while the Blue Jays are in the midst of a long winning streak and getting hot as well.

The Red Sox are going into Oakland with a record of 24-27 and 12 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. They could steal a wildcard if they round into shape this summer, but it’s not going to be easy.

The Red Sox should continue to play inconsistent baseball and hover around .500.

Boston can most certainly improve on this mark of 24-27, but I don’t have much confidence in them going on a scorching hot run. They should be in fine form versus an A’s team that doesn’t look motivated or have much interest.

It has to be hard to have the motivation to play hard for this organization every night. This is all about playing for a contract and not much else for this roster. They are playing in front of empty crowds, as the transfer to Las Vegas is a matter of when it will happen.

The Athletics are entering Friday night at 20-33, with horrid results at home this season. They are 7-21 playing in a lifeless environment at the Coliseum.

Oakland was expecting big things from James Kaprielian in his second full season. This was looking like a breakout campaign for Kaprielian and an opportunity for a large contract down the road. This hasn’t been the case.

Kaprielian is scheduled to be countered with Nathan Eovaldi of the Red Sox in Oakland tonight. Eovaldi has been a consistent and reliable option in the rotation.

Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Athletics prediction on June 3, 2022.

Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Boston Red Sox -1.5 (+105) -160 Over 7 (-120)
Oakland A’s +1.5 (-125) +135 Under 7 (+100)
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Team Data Boston Red Sox Oakland A’s
Overall Record 24-27 20-33
Away/Home Record 11-13 7-21
Batting Average .258 .212
Batting Average Away/Home .247 .199
Runs Per 9 4.79 3.40
Team ERA 3.87 4.12
Team ERA Away/Home 3.65 4.66

Red Sox vs. Athletics Prediction:

The Athletics would rather go on the road and play in front of opposing fans than have to deal with an empty and quiet RingCentral Coliseum. Overall, the Athletics are dead last in the majors, with a team batting average of .212 and a pathetic OPS of .606.

They are 29th with 3.44 runs per 9 innings, though it gets worst at home for this team. The A’s are hitting just .199 with an embarrassing 2.69 runs per 9 innings at the Coliseum in 2022. It doesn’t get any worse than this effort.

Unfortunately for the A’s, there pitching tails off on the road, too. They have a team ERA of 4.66 and 1.33 at home this season.

James Kaprielian is going into tonight with an ERA of 5.93 and a 1.35 WHIP. It doesn’t matter where Kaprielian is pitching; he’s been out of form everywhere thus far.

It’s disappointing for Kaprielian after he was hoping to improve on a 4.07 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP from his rookie campaign.

I’m not giving up on him; it’s much too early. However, there is no denying that Kaprielian can’t find his command and is serving up meatballs on the mound at the moment.

The Red Sox may not be at their best this season, but they can still score runs. They’re the third-best team in the majors, with a batting average of .258. Boston is scoring 4.78 runs per 9 for sixth in the major leagues.

Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Trends:

Red Sox

  • Record (Last 10): 5-5
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games versus the AL West
  • 7-3 overall in their previous ten games as a betting favorite on the road
  • 4-0 overall in their previous four games after a one-day break
  • 5-2 overall in their previous seven first game of a series
  • 4-0 overall in their previous four games on the road

Athletics

  • Record (Last 10): 3-7
  • 5-21 overall in their previous 26 games at home
  • 3-13 overall in their previous 16 games versus a right-handed starter
  • 1-7 overall in their previous eight games at home versus a team with losing record
  • 1-7 overall in their previous eight games on a Friday
  • 0-5 overall in their previous five games when their opponent concedes 2 or fewer runs

  • Nathan Eovaldi has been consistent with an ERA of 3.77 and a 1.12 WHIP. He hasn’t been as confident at Fenway Park, but sharper on the road.

    Eovaldi is in control on the road, with an ERA of 2.97 and a 0.86 WHIP in 31 innings.

    He should appreciate pitching in an empty Coliseum with no pressure tonight. Eovaldi went the distance for a complete game in a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his latest performance.

    Eovaldi gave up 2 earned runs through 9 innings in that win. His good form should carryover against an opponent he’s liked pitched against in the past.

    The A’s are hitting .029 in 29 at-bats versus Eovaldi. They’ve notched only 1 hit, which happened to be a home run by Ramon Laureano.

    I’m looking at the Red Sox to open this series with a win.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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