MLB Betting Free Pick: Boston Red Sox at Oakland A’s
FREE PICK: Boston Red Sox (Price) at Oakland A’s (Brooks)
#922 Oakland +120 (Monday, April 1 @ 10 pm EST)
Looks like the Boston Red Sox (1-3) are suffering from a little World Series hangover. This especially true for its starting rotation which over four games has posted a 13.20 ERA. The organization all but admitted that their pitching staff’s arms are behind; a move done by design given the workload of the postseason. The bullpen has also been taxed to the tune of 18 innings over four games. David Price makes his season debut tonight against Oakland. Price threw only 6.2 innings during the spring meaning he’s still a start or two away from even approaching full strength.
Oakland meanwhile will send Aaron Brooks to the hill. The A’s are attempting to turn Brooks into a starter as he was stretched out to 5.1 innings his last start in spring training (1 runs, 5 Ks vs. San Francisco).
Markets appear to be sensing that aforementioned “hangover” with Boston bet down from -140 to -130. Remember the Dodgers last season when they were off a World Series appearance sat 16-26 before rounding into form. We’ll look to key in on fading Boston for the time being including tonight with a decent plus price ticket on the A’s.