A's vs. Red Sox Wednesday Prediction
The Boston Red Sox dropped the first two games of their series against the Oakland A's but they'll have their ace on the mound tonight. Will Chris Sale shut down the visiting A's and can the Red Sox post a win on the runline for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7:10 p.m. ET, Fenway Park
TV: OAK (CSCA); BOS (NESN)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Red Sox as a -250 favorite. As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Red Sox to beat the A's on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
A's Cahill cleared to start on Wednesday night
Trevor Cahill (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Athletics' rotation Wednesday in Boston. Manager Bob Melvin said after Cahill's bullpen session Sunday that the right-hander still wasn't 100 percent healthy, so Cahill is either feeling better than expected Monday or the team simply decided he's healthy enough. Cahill has been excellent in four starts for the A's but is a risky play coming back from an elbow injury against a tough lineup.
Red Sox' Sale strikes out 15 batters but still can't get win
Chris Sale tied his career-high with 15 strikeouts while allowing three runs over nine innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday. The Red Sox would go on to lose in extra innings. Sale gave up a game-tying solo homer to Luke Maile in the seventh inning, but it was still a very impressive performance. He gave up six hits and didn’t walk a batter.
He joins Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens as the only Red Sox hurlers to manage 15 strikeouts and no walks in a start. With a 2.17 ERA and 78 strikeouts through nine starts, Sale has been exactly what fantasy owners were hoping he would be.
MLB Betting Trends
Following their victory on Tuesday night, the A's are now 4-0 in their last four games against the Red Sox but are just 19-44 in their last 63 games in Boston.
The under has cashed in five of the last seven meetings between these two teams.
The Red Sox might be a good runline play tonight because their bats have to bust out again at some point. The problem is that Cahill isn't a gas can and the Sox offense is struggling so I can't trust laying the 1.5 runs on Boston tonight. The under appears to be a safer bet, as Sale should silence Oakland's bats and if Cahill turns in a quality start the combined score should be less than 8.
The Pick: A's/Red Sox under 8