*EARLY* Afternoon POWER-HOUR Total ~ *INSANE* 31-14 L45 MLB!
Oakland vs. Boston,
05/01/2019 13:05 EDT,
Score: 3 - 7
Total: +101/+10 Over
8* Over A's/Red Sox (1:05 ET): It's been a dramatic turnaround for Boston in this series as they've outscored Oakland 14-5 over the last two days. Now they go for the sweep Wednesday afternoon and they have to like their chances facing a struggling Michael Fiers, who has an 8.22 ERA his L3 starts for the Athletics. Now Fiers started the season well, including a six shutout innings effort against these Red Sox back on April 2nd. He also pitched well his last time out, giving up just two runs in 7 IP vs. Toronto. But in between those two outings, Fiers allowed 6 ER in three consecutive appearances. I don't think he'll have the same amount of success in Fenway Park as he did at home vs. Boston.
The Red Sox will send Hector Velazquez to the mound for this matinee. Velazquez has actually already pitched in this series, having worked in relief on Monday. It didn't go particularly well as he walked two batters and gave up a hit while recording just one out. Velazquez doesn't have particularly great career numbers vs. Oakland (5.91 ERA in four career appearances) and he's only getting the starting nod in this spot due to an injury to Nathan Eovaldi. In two previous starts at Fenway this season, Velazquez has a 5.69 ERA and 1.738 WHIP. Boston lost both games.
Though the rotation has been better of late, especially in this series, the Red Sox have still given up the third most runs in all of baseball. Only Baltimore and Miami, i.e. the two worst teams, have allowed more. On the bright side, the offense is starting to come around as they now average about 5.0 rpg at home. Oakland's road games have been especially high scoring this year w/ them averaging 5.5 and giving up 6.2 rpg (going into yday's game). The Over is 6-0 the L6 times Fiers has started off a team loss. 8* Over A's/Red Sox