Boston Red Sox 21 18 at Oakland Athletics 17 23 
MLB Baseball Thursday, May 18 , 2017 at 10 05 pm Oakland Alameda County Coliseum 
Hector Velazquez 0 0 0.00 vs. S Gray 0 1 3.78 
The Line Oakland Athletics 104 / Boston Red Sox 115 Over/Under 9 See the Latest Odds 
The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. 
The Boston Red Sox look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Red Sox have scored 11 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Red Sox have now won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with 46 hits and 12 RBI while Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi have combined for 85 hits and 50 RBI. Hector Velazquez will make his major league debut when he gets the ball here. Teheran was 72 52 with a 3.82 ERA and 859 strikeouts in his minor league career. 
Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox 5/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction 
The Oakland Athletics need a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Athletics have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have lost 13 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ryon Healy leads Oakland with 38 hits and 16 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso have combined for 70 hits and 38 RBI. Sonny Gray gets the ball, and he is 0 1 with a 3.78 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Gray is 0 2 with a 5.40 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox. 
The Red Sox are 1 4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 21 8 in their last 29 vs. a team with a losing record and 7 1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing record. The Athletics are 6 21 in their last 27 during game 1 of a series, 3 13 in Grays last 16 starts with 4 days of rest and 5 16 in Grays last 21 starts. The Red Sox are 5 2 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland, 9 1 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 6 1 in the last 7 meetings. 
We re getting plus money with the Oakland Athletics at home, which is a must play in this spot. Velazquez is making his major league debut on the road, so who knows what he s going to look like. Also, the Red Sox just played 13 innings on Wednesday and used eight bullpen guys. This is a good chance for the A s to jump on Boston early and get a much needed win. Yes, Gray hasn t great and Oakland doesn t win much when he s on the hill Coco Crisp Jersey, but the value is with the Athletics given the Red Sox situation.