MLB Odds: Boston Red Sox Slight Favorites Over Oakland Athletics

  • The Boston Red Sox are -115 favorites over the Oakland Athletics.
  • Oakland comes back as a -105 underdog in the matchup.

BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox (22-16) will host the Oakland Athletics (23-15) on Wednesday night as both teams fight to keep their spot atop their respective divisions.

Oakland has taken the first two games of the series and will be looking to complete the sweep.

Projected Pitching Matchup

  • BOS  Garrett Richards (2-2, 4.54 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
  • OAK Sean Manaea (3-1, 3.07 ERA, 1.07 WHIP)

Sean Manaea has had a great start to the season with essentially a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Aside from two bad outings, Manaea has been lights out this year with four quality starts to this point.

Garrett Richards has had an up-and-down season but has been relatively similar to Manaea. He’s had a couple of poor performances but has looked very good at some points as well. Despite the 4.54 ERA, Richards has some quality stuff on the mound.

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Red Sox Struggling To Score

Boston has pushed just four runs across the plate in the last three games combined. MLB bettors should note that Oakland is allowing an average of just 2.2 runs over their last five games.

Given the struggles at the plate for Boston and the quality pitching from Oakland, it might be a low-scoring game and the Under could be the play.

Red Sox vs Athletics Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: BOS -115, OAK -105
  • Spread: BOS -1.5 (+165), OAK +1.5 (-190)
  • Total: O/U 9.0

Is Under 9.0 The Best Play?

None of the Athletics last five games have gone Over 9.0 and the same goes with each of the Red Sox last four games. Online sportsbooks, maybe surprisingly, have the total of the game set at 9.0 despite both teams lacking in the run department lately.

Manaea has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his seven starts while Richards has down so in four of his seven outings.

How to Watch

The game is set to start at 7:10 p.m. EST and will be broadcasted on NESN.