Oakland Athletics (63-80) at Boston Red Sox (81-62)
MLB: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. ET
Line: Boston -185
The Oakland Athletics hit the road to take on the Boston Red Sox for a Wednesday night contest. Boston is looking to win the AL East as they are three games on the loss column ahead of New York. Oakland, on the other hand, will miss the playoffs for the third straight season. On the mound for the Athletics is Jharel Cotton who is 7-10 with a 5.82 ERA. Boston will go with Doug Fister who has been terrific since the All-Star break. Fister is 5-5 with a 3.36 ERA on the year. The Red Sox have won four of their last five games, and the Athletics have won five in a row. Can Cotton lead the Athletics to the big road upset?
Athletics top Astros
The Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 10-2 on Sunday afternoon. It was a scoreless game until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Athletics struck with a Matt Chapman homer. Oakland roughed up lefty ace Dallas Keuchel for four runs in 5.2 innings. The Athletics scored nine runs in the final three innings of the game. Kendall Graveman got the victory for the Athletics as he allowed a run in six innings. Graveman improved to 5-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.48. Ryon Healy had a monster night at the plate with a homer and two singles. Matt Olson and Boog Powell also homered in the win.
Starting pitcher: Jharel Cotton (7-10, 5.82 ERA)
The Athletics will go with Jharel Cotton who has had his struggles this season. Cotton has struggled over his last two outings as he has allowed 11 runs in nine innings.
Red Sox fall to Rays
The Boston Red Sox lost 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon. Christian Vasquez drove the lone run for the Red Sox with a single in the second inning. Vasquez also had another single in the loss. Rick Porcello got the loss after allowing two runs in five innings. Boston struggled to do much against Alex Cobb who allowed a run in five innings. The Red Sox had a difficult time neutralizing Wilson Ramos who had a homer and two singles for Tampa Bay. The Red Sox didn’t have a single extra base hit in the contest. Eduardo Nunez was sidelined with a bruised right knee.
Starting pitcher: Doug Fister (5-7, 3.91 ERA)
Doug Fister has had quite the turn around this season after struggling in the first half. Fister is 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA on the year. Over the last four starts, he has allowed five runs in 30 innings.
The Oakland Athletics are:
- 3-8 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- 3-9 in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series.
The Boston Red Sox are:
- 7-2 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 13-5 in their last 18 home games.
- 9-4 in their last 13 vs. American League West.
Boston will have the edge with Fister on the mound. The Red Sox also have the bigger bats which spells trouble for Oakland. Look for the Red Sox to win by a few runs.