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Athletics vs Red Sox Odds and Picks (June 16)

Blair Johnson

by Blair Johnson in MLB Baseball

Jun 15, 2022 · 9:43 PM PDT

Jun 15, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) reacts after hitting a RBI double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox face off at Fenway Park on Thursday, June 16th
  • Mark Kotsay’s club has one of the worst records in the big leagues, while Alex Cora’s group has battled it way into relevance
  • Read below for the A’s vs Red Sox odds and betting preview

The Oakland A’s (21-43) face the Boston Red Sox (34-29) on Thursday at Fenway Park. The series finale has a scheduled first pitch of 1:35pm ET. The A’s will send Paul Blackburn to the bump, while the Sox counter with Rich Hill.

The Red Sox are big favorites in this one, but still have +4000 odds to win the ultra-competitive AL East.

Meantime, the A’s have even longer +50000 odds to win the AL West. Oakland is projected to win 71.5 games, while Cora’s squad is expected to win 85.5 games in the MLB win totals.

A’s vs Red Sox Odds

Team Runline Moneyline Total
Oakland A’s +1.5 (-155) +120 Ov 9 (-120)
Boston Red Sox -1.5 (+125) -145 Un 9 (+100)

Odds as of June 15th at BetMGM. See available BetMGM promo codes.

 

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Oakland vs Boston Probable Pitchers

The 28-year-old Blackburn has been one of the lone bright spots in 2022 for an Oakland team  that is seemingly in a zombie state while it awaits the fate of its Howard Terminal ballpark deal. The A’s have gone 8-4 in his starts — more than a third of their total wins on the season. Only three of his outings have been quality turns — but one of them was a masterpiece.

Blackburn scattered four hits over eight shutout innings, walking only one batter and striking out three in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Guardians last Friday. He’s allowed more than two earned runs in only three of his 12 outings this season — surrendering a combined 11 otherwise.

As for Blackburn’s counterpart on Thursday, Boston is 6-5 in Hill’s starts in 2022. Only two have been of the quality vintage. The 42-yeaer-old veteran went 4.1 innings against Seattle last Friday in an eventual 4-3 Red Sox victory. He allowed five hits, two earned runs and two walks while striking out six.

 

Blackburn vs Hill Stats

Paul Blackburn
VS
Rich Hill
5-2 Record 2-3
2.31 ERA 4.38
3.36 xERA 4.33
17.9% K% 19.5%

Oakland has arguably been the worst team in baseball over the last four weeks, dropping 16 of their last 18 games (which includes a 10-game losing skid). The offense has been virtually non-existent in June, with Kotsay’s club managing only 33 total runs in 12 games (and that includes a 10-5 win over Cleveland — which is the only victory of the month).

Meantime, Boston’s lineup has rolled Oakland in the first two games of this series, outscoring the A’s 16-2. A big reason why has been Xander Bogaerts — who went a combined 5-for-6 at the plate in the first two games of the series — driving in three runs and scoring twice.

The shortstop has also had help against Oakland. Alex Verdugo, Trevor Story and Jackie Bradley Jr all had multiple-hit games in a 10-1 win over the A’s on Wednesday and offense has been humming along.

The Red Sox currently have +4000 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the A’s are at +100000 longshots in the World Series odds.

OAK vs BOS Last 10 Meetings

Date Home Team Away Team Score
6/15/22 Red Sox A’s BOS, 10-1
6/14/22 Red Sox A’s BOS, 6-1
6/5/22 A’s Red Sox BOS, 5-2
6/4/22 A’s Red Sox BOS, 8-0
6/3/22 A’s Red Sox BOS, 7-2
7/4/21 A’s Red Sox BOS, 1-0
7/3/21 A’s Red Sox OAK, 7-6
7/2/21 A’s Red Sox BOS, 3-2
5/13/21 Red Sox A’s BOS, 8-1
5/12/21 Red Sox A’s OAK, 4-1

A’s vs Red Sox Prediction

Blackburn presents a challenging foe for the home team in this spot. But Boston has dominated this series of late, winning eight of its last 10 with no signs of slowing down.

Oakland’s starter is clearly the ace of the staff. But does he have enough to shut down Boston’s suddenly potent offense? I say no in this spot.

Pick: Red Sox ML (-145)

 

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