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Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox Set for Rubber Match at Fenway Park Following Athletics Win

The Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox are set to face off in the final game of a three-game American League series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. The Athletics, who are currently last in the AL West, were able to secure a 5-2 road win in Wednesday's game, forcing a rubber matchup. Young righty Luis Medina will be on the mound for Oakland, while Tanner Houck will be starting for Boston. With the Red Sox being the betting favorite with the current line at Boston -220, it will be an exciting matchup between the two teams.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Athletics +194 | Red Sox -220
  • Spread: Athletics +1.5 (+100) | Red Sox -1.5 (-116)
  • Total: Over/Under 10 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Boston will win straight-up is 69%.

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Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics secured a 5-2 road win over the Boston Red Sox, with a lineup that went 8-for-34 with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The team performed well with runners in scoring position, going 2-for-7 and leaving six players on base. Three stolen bases were achieved by Lawrence Butler, Max Schuemann, and Miguel Andujar. Pitcher JP Sears had a strong outing, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings. Young pitcher Luis Medina has a 2-3 record with a 4.37 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in 35.0 innings. Oakland is currently ranked 28th in offense, 25th in defense, and has a 35-59 record for the season, placing them at a power ranking of 20.

Boston Red Sox Analysis

The Boston Red Sox recently lost a game against the Oakland Athletics, with a final score of 5-2. While the team performed decently at the plate, going 8-for-35 with three walks and 12 strikeouts, their struggles with runners in scoring position resulted in a 1-for-6 performance and nine players left on base. Rob Refsnyder hit a home run for the team's only power scoring play, and Jarren Duran successfully stole a base. Pitcher Nick Pivetta had a challenging outing, allowing four runs over 6.2 innings. Looking ahead to their next game, righty Tanner Houck will be on the mound for the Red Sox, boasting a 7-6 record with a 2.68 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. The team currently holds a power ranking of 11 and is ranked #11 for offense, scoring an average of 4.73 runs per game, and #12 for defense, allowing an average of 4.30 runs per game. Overall, the Boston Red Sox hold a 50-41 record. In their last three matchups, the Oakland Athletics won two games against the Red Sox.

Pitching Matchup Analysis: Athletics Expected to Cover Run Line on Road Against Red Sox

The starting pitchers, Luis Medina and Tanner Houck, have been performing similarly this year. Medina has a record of 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA and a .247 opposing batting average in four road starts, totaling 19.2 innings. On the other hand, Houck boasts a record of 3-4 with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 10 starts at Fenway Park, covering 64 innings. Analyzing recent offensive performances, the Athletics have been scoring an average of 5.58 runs in their last 12 games, whereas the Red Sox have averaged 4.91 runs in their last 11 games. Based on these factors, the Oakland Athletics are predicted to cover the run line on the road in this matchup.

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