Every team in major league baseball is going to experience some sort of slump through the course of a 162-game season, but it’s how they break out of it that becomes important. What often happens is that the struggling team will face another team in a similar predicament, win the series, and then build from there. That is what the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland A’s will be looking to do when they meet in a 3-game series in Oakland, with MLB betting action for game 2 in the series set for Tuesday.
Boston Red Sox vs Oakland Athletics MLB Betting Analysis
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Venue: O.co Coliseum
Opening Line: Oakland -108
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The Boston Red Sox (14-17) have now lost three straight series, and only avoided a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays on Sunday by putting in a solid 6-3 win. That victory was big in a number of ways, not the least of which was because it was perhaps a sign that the bats might be coming out of a cold slump. The Red Sox have made a number of roster moves, including sending Allen Craig down to Triple-A ball, in an attempt to shake things up a little in the locker room. With the gap between themselves at the division leading Yankees now at 5.5 games, the Red Sox are going to have to get things going in the right direction soon if they don’t want to dig too deep a hole in the early part of the season. Justin Masterson (2-1, 5.18 ERA) will get the start for Boston on Tuesday night and will need to improve on his last outing where he was pretty much awful in 4.1 innings of ball.
The situation in Boston seems pretty mild compared to what is going on with the Oakland A’s (12-21) right now. Oakland is in the midst of a 5-game losing streak, and are now in sole possession of the worst winning percentage in the American League. They are currently bottom of the AL West division, where they are already 8.5 games back of the Houston Astros. Josh Reddick has been one of the few bright spots for the A’s to this point in the season, batting .316 with 5 HR and 22 RBI. He can’t do it all on his own, though, and he is now starting to see his average dip with back to back hitless outings under his belt. The A’s will hand the ball to Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 5.12 ERA) on Tuesday night. Pomeranz threw a great game in his season opener, but has gone on to struggle badly, even when given good run support in each of his last three starts.
Key Online Betting Trends
Oakland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Oakland’s last 16 games
Oakland is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games at home
he total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland’s last 5 games at home
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Boston is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston’s last 10 games when playing Oakland
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
The fact that Boston finished their series with the Blue Jays on a bit of a high note may be a sign that they are ready to turn things around. They certainly have more than enough power to get to the struggling Pomeranz, which is why I think they will win this one.