MLB Betting Free Pick: Boston Red Sox at Oakland A’s
FREE PICK: Boston Red Sox (Eovaldi) at Oakland A’s (Estrada)
#926 Oakland +123 (Wednesday, April 3 @ 10 pm EST)
On Monday, we were able to cash a plus price ticket on the Oakland A’s as they beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0. The defending World Series champs are now off to a 1-5 start including back-to-back shutouts heading into tonight. And it’s tough to call for the slide to cease tonight with Nathan Eovaldi on this hill as a -133 road favorite. Eovaldi was torched in his debut against a weak Mariners lineup: 5 IP, 8 hits, 3 home runs and only 3 strikeouts. Throughout Eovaldi’s career, his “stuff” has simply never equated to much in the way of sustained success. Marco Estrada meanwhile is a perfect fit for Oakland. The veteran soft-tosser has always been an extreme fly ball pitcher which is obviously ideal for pitching in some of the spacious parks on the West Coast. The one concern here is Estrada has nearly identical stuff to that of Mike Fiers who rolled through Boston’s lineup last night (6 IP, 5 hits, 0 ERs). But should this game be close, Oakland’s ace reliever, Blake Treinen, expects to be available after getting a 17-pitch save last night. It’s obviously early in the season and Boston should at some point round into form. But gives their status in the betting markets, we recommend looking for opportunities to fade this squad, especially as a moderate sized road favorite and a iffy starting pitcher.