The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics link up in Oakland, where the Red Sox and A’s look to facilitate some momentum as we enter the summer months. The Red Sox, for the lack of a better word, feel stuck to me. They are trying to get going, but all they’re doing is remaining on one place for the time being.
Sort of like a swimmer treading water. When you think they are going to pick up some steam, they remain in the same place. The Red Sox are 21-19, with last night pending. The A’s took them to the toolshed with a 9-3 beating on Thursday, getting the party started nicely.
The Athletics, I have to predict, are going to remain in the same spot throughout the regular season. They are a few games under .500, and if by seasons end they are in the same position, that’s not going to surprise me much. The Athletics don’t have much firepower to speak of, but that’s been status quo for them for the last three decades.
Pitching has traditionally been capable, they usually have a couple of productive hurlers. However, the A’s are searching for some of that in 2017. Sonny Gray has regressed to a point where his status as an ace is being questioned.
He owns a 3.97 ERA which is respectable, but not to his level of play in 2013-2015. Gray fell off with a 5.59 ERA in 2016, and also had a tough time staying healthy. Gray picked up a win the other night against the Red Sox. Tonight it’s Sean Manaea’s turn in the rotation, who is hoping to improve on his resume thus far in 2017. Best of luck this weekend, and find our Red Sox vs. Athletics pick below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Drew Pomeranz (3-3, 5.29 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (1-3, 5.52 ERA)
Drew Pomeranz will get the nod for the Red Sox today on Saturday, as he looks to improve on his early season struggles. The lefty could be better. He’s been more of a liability on the mound than an asset. In the majors since 2011, Pomeranz has seen his share of ups and downs.
He had a 2.47 ERA with the Padres, before seeing a rise in that department with the Red Sox to a 4.59 ERA. His numbers have continued to erode at a level quite concerning to the Red Sox brass. Pomeranz holds an ERA of 5.29, and he got taken to the cleaners in his last three outings, posting a mark of 7.30 with a 1.78 ERA.
Even more concerning for Pomeranz has been his ability on the road. He currently owns an ERA of 7.71 away from Boston, including a 1.71 WHIP. Manaea counters with a 5.52 ERA and a 5.54 in his last three showings. Both teams have been hitting left-handers more effectively than righties.
The OVER has gone 9-1-0 in the Red Sox last ten matchups. Also, the OVER has gone 6-1 in their last seven meetings with the Athletics (last night pending). Balls should be getting knocked around frequently tonight off Pomeranz and Manaea. We like the OVER in Oakland for our Saturday MLB pick.
PICK: OVER 8.5 (-110)