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Oakland Athletics take on Red Sox in baseball test

Oakland AthleticsBoston Red Sox
Aug 26, 7:10 PM | GrassFenway Park

Oakland Athletics vs Boston Red Sox Odds

59-71TEAM RECORD80-50

The visiting Athletics hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox will rely on Tim Wakefield to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Gio Gonzalez will be his counterpart for the Athletics. Tim Wakefield is 6-5 this season, and Gio Gonzalez is 10-11.

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Betting Line:
The Red Sox were listed as -145 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 10 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 4-rated Athletics taking on the American League's No. 2-rated Red Sox in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 2 ranked American League offense (5.4 runs per game) against a Athletics defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the American League at 4.2 runs allowed per game. The Red Sox have been averaging 9.8 hits per game, more than the Athletics have managed so far this season (8.3 hits on average).

Boston owns the American League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Oakland's American League No. 7-rated defense.

Oakland lost its last outing, a 22-9 result against the Yankees on August 25. Bettors who backed the Yankees at -230 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (31) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Oakland was scored on plenty on Thursday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 22-9 loss to New York.

In their last action, Boston was a 6-0 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Boston at +140 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Andrew Miller chucked 6 1/3 shutout innings at the Rangers in their last game, striking out 6 in a 6-0 win against Texas in baseball action at Rangers Ballpark.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Texas are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Athletics at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing Boston
Oakland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games at home
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oakland

Next up:
Oakland at Boston, Saturday, August 27