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The Red Sox and Athletics will wrap up a three-game series with an afternoon matinee contest today as the Sox go for the sweep. It’s quite a lopsided matchup on paper as Boston – despite being fourth in the AL East – is six games over .500. Meanwhile, Oakland sports one of Major League Baseball’s worst records.
Because of that, the Red Sox are favored in this game, as they have been in every game of the series. Today, the Red Sox are -150 on the moneyline and the A’s are +130. Those odds are courtesy of Fubo Sportsbook. Sign up now using our promo code VIBONUS to get a $1,000 risk free bet, plus a free month of FuboTV!
Following a 5-2 stretch in mid-May, the Athletics sat just five games under .500. But the wheels have come off for the team since then. On May 25, the A’s were 19-27. From that date, they have won just two baseball games.
They have lost 16 of their last 18, which already includes one sweep at the hands of these Red Sox, earlier this month, and on the brink of a second.
The Red Sox have been a polar opposite club than the Athletics. They started the season poorly; Boston went 10-19 in their first 29 games, dropping to a season-worst nine games under .500. However, they would finish May on a 13-8 run.
And it’s only gotten better in June, as the team has lost just two games in its first 13 games this month to climb back into the playoff picture. You can bet on their playoff odds and a host of other MLB futures bets at Fubo Sportsbook. Just remember to use the promo code VIBONUS to get a $1,000 risk free bet, plus a free month of FuboTV!
Oakland will send its best pitcher to the rubber in the final game of the series. That would be 28-year-old right-hander Paul Blackburn, who is off to a terrific start this season. Sporting a 4.62 career ERA, Blackburn’s ERA during this campaign is exactly half of his career mark, sitting at 2.31 across 12 starts.
He’s also coming off his best performance of the season, an eight-inning outing against the Cleveland Guardians in which he allowed no runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three. He wasn’t able to get a win, however, as the bullpen allowed the Guardians to walk-off with three runs in the ninth inning.
To oppose Blackburn, the Red Sox will send ageless wonder Rich Hill to the … well, hill. Hill is 42 years old and in his 21st MLB season, including his third stint with Boston. Hill continues to be a serviceable MLB pitcher, posting a 4.38 ERA across 49.1 innings in 11 starts this season.
It’s worth noting, though, that he has been far better on the road than he has been at Fenway, where Thursday’s game will be played. In four home starts this season, Hill has allowed 14 runs in 15.2 innings of work and that includes five home runs. He’s allowed a whopping 26 baserunners in those 15.2 innings, but has also collected 15 strikeouts.
Written by Dan Zaksheske, our US sports betting industry expert.