Boston and Oakland split the first two games of the series and the winner will be decided today, when the Red Sox and A’s meet for the third time this week. Both are leading their divisions and the runner ups are coming strongly from behind, further amplifying the pressure ahead of this game.
Bet: Oakland -1.5 runs
Odds: Winner Sports 2.35
The starting pitchers did a brilliant job so far and prevented their opponents from scoring more than two rounds, with the relievers being just as consistent. Boston won the opening game by 2 runs only to lose the second one without scoring, following a dazzling display of skill from AJ Griffin. The starting pitcher lasted eight innings and this is a performance that veteran Bartolo Colon will try to replicate tonight.
He is the only pitcher in Oakland rotation to win 12 decisions in 2013 and he fully deserves this excellent record as he limited opponents to fewer than three runs per game. The last time he took the mound for the A’s, his team won by 13 runs to none and what’s more impressive is the fact that the game didn’t last more than six innings. Back then, the rain led to its untimely conclusion but tonight Colon will need to pitch deep into the game to give his team the upper hand. Boston counters with rookie Workman who despite posting an ERA of 13.50 as a reliever, will be given the chance to start for the first time in MLB.
This game looks like a David versus Goliath confrontation at least as far as starting pitchers are concerned, with Oakland having a huge advantage over the visitors. Punters could capitalize on this edge by backing the A’s to win by at least two rounds, at odds of 2.35 with Winner Sports.