"THE COACH'S" (10* MLB) MONDAY BIG-TIME BEATDOWN
Boston vs. Oakland,
04/01/2019 22:07 EDT,
Score: 0 - 7
Money Line: -134 Boston
The set-up: Boston has struggled with consistency to open the year, but with what I feel to be the superior starter on the mound tonight, I look for the hard-hitting Red Sox to get the job done in this favorable matchup (Boston won’t be lacking for motivation after losing three of four in Seattle, despite scoring 24 runs.)
The pitchers: The Red Sox go with David Price, who was 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA in the regular season in 2018. Note that he’s 4-3 with a 3.31 ERA in ten career starts vs. Oakland.
The home side counters with Aaron Brooks, who made the No. 5 spot in the rotation, mainly because of an injury to starter Sean Manaea to open the year. Note that Brooks threw just three times in the big leagues last year and he hasn’t thrown a meaningful pitching since 2015.
The pick: Take it for what you will, but Boston is still 104-71 (+26.9 units) the last two years on the road, while Oakland is just 15-25 (-9.9 units) in its last 40 when playing with a day off. I’m banking on Price getting the better of his counterpart and for the Red Sox’ offense to continue to shine. Great price on Price.
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