Oakland A’s (63-81 SU, 76-68 RL, 80-60-4 O/U) vs. Boston Red Sox (82-62 SU, 75-69 RL, 63-75-6 O/U)
MLB: Thursday, September 14, 2017, Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, 1:35 pm ET
Lines: Boston -205, Oakland +190; Over/Under: 10
It’s the conclusion of a series between an also-ran and a division leader in Beantown. The Oakland A’s play the final game of a three game series with the Boston Red Sox Thursday afternoon. Boston cruised to an easy 11-1 victory in the opening game of the set Tuesday night. The pitching matchup for the middle game of the series Wednesday night saw Jharel Cotton take the ball for Oakland: he was set to be opposed by Boston’s Doug Fister. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 7 pm ET.
Oakland A’s Try to Be Thorn In Postseason Hopefuls Side
Oakland had their five game win streak snapped as they were dusted in the opening game of the set. The A’s are the third-worst team in the American League and are out of playoff contention even after their five game win streak. Oakland scored in the top of the first but that was all in the game. The A’s finished with three hits: Jed Lowrie knocked in Chad Pinder with a RBI double. Matt Olson and Franklin Barreto had singles for Oakland. Sean Manaea (10-10) took the loss on the mound as he allowed seven runs on 11 hits with no walks and four strikeouts over 3.2 innings.
Rookie Daniel Gossett takes the mound and makes his 15th start of the season in this contest for the A’s. He is 4-8 with a 5.02 ERA, a 1.527 WHIP, 24 walks and 62 strikeouts over 75.1 innings of work this season. Gossett picked up the win in his last start, which came Saturday at home in the first game of a doubleheader against the Astros. He threw 6.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in an 11-1 Oakland victory. Gossett is 1-2 with a 3.31 ERA, a 1.84 WHIP, nine walks and 18 strikeouts over 16.1 innings over his last three starts. In his 15th major league start, he faces the Red Sox and pitches at Fenway Park for the first time. He was 4-4 with a 3.66 ERA, a 1.231 WHIP, 24 walks and 71 strikeouts over 60.2 innings in 14 starts for Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League.
Boston Red Sox Look to Reduce Magic Number
Boston rolled to an easy win over the A’s in the opener of this set to get back on track. With the win and the Yankees loss, the Red Sox extended their lead in the AL East to four games. Boston got three hits from Dustin Pedroia (two runs, RBI), Mookie Betts (two runs, six RBI) and Xander Bogaerts (two runs, RBI) in the game. Chris Young (run) and Christian Vazquez (two runs, two RBI) each had a pair of hits. The offensive barrage was more than enough for Eduardo Rodriguez (5-5) to pick up his first win since May 26. He threw six innings, allowing one run on one hit with four walks and nine strikeouts. Boston’s magic number entering Wednesday to clinch a playoff spot was 12: it was 15 to win the AL East.
Drew Pomeranz gets the ball for his 29th start of the year for the Red Sox in this contest. He is 15-5 with a 3.35 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, 61 walks and 161 strikeouts over 153.1 innings of work this year. Pomeranz picked up the win in his last outing, which came Saturday at home against the Rays. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in a game the Red Sox won 9-3. Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, nine walks and 16 strikeouts over 17.1 innings in his last three starts. He recorded a no-decision in his only career start against the A’s, which came on the road back on May 20. He threw four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in an 8-3 Red Sox loss. Pomeranz is 8-4 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.355 WHIP over 24 appearances, 20 starts, covering 107 innings at Fenway Park in his career.
- Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Athletics are 12-49 in their last 61 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games
- Red Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 overall
- Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 games on grass
Oakland had a nice run that came to a screeching halt in the opening game of this set. Throwing a couple of young pitchers against veteran arms is a tough sell but it’s what the A’s have to offer. Pomeranz has set a career high in wins and continues to pitch well, setting himself up for a potential big payday in the offseason. The Red Sox know they have to take care of business against mediocre teams: they get the job done here and take the finale.