MLB Predictions: Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics

The Boston Red Sox (57-37) and Oakland Athletics (54-38) will open up a three-game American League series Friday night at the Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET

Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics 

The Boston Red Sox haven't enjoyed much success on the road against the Oakland Athletics in recent years
The Boston Red Sox haven’t enjoyed much success on the road against the Oakland Athletics in recent years

Boston is 4-3 on its current 10-game road trip, as it comes off an 8-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners as -130 favorites Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Red Sox are 4-16 in their last 20 road games against the Athletics, but they own a 26-21 overall record away from Fenway Park during the 2013 campaign.  Boston is 38-26 when facing right-handed starters this season.

Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (6-6, 2.80 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 3-0 road loss to the Los Angeles Angels last time out, as he allowed two runs and five hits over seven frames.  The right-hander is 2-5 with a 3.96 ERA in nine road efforts, surrendering nine home runs in 52.1 combined innings.  In 33 career games versus the Athletics, Lackey has produced an 18-6 record and 2.91 ERA.

Oakland returns home after a 4-2 road trip, which ended with a 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates as +129 underdogs, while going UNDER the total in the last three contests.  The Athletics own a one-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the AL West division, which has been made possible by winning 18 of their last 22 games at home.  Oakland is 8-1 when playing with a day off, with the OVER going 6-3 in that situation.

Athletics starting pitcher Jarrod Parker (6-6, 4.04 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 road loss to the Kansas City Royals last time out, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits over 6.1 frames.  The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.53 ERA in nine home appearances, with opposing batters hitting .240 against him.  In two career games versus the Red Sox, Parker has tallied a perfect 2-0 record and 1.35 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Athletics due to their 5-1 record in Parker’s last six home starts.

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