The Boston Red Sox will be looking to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time in 10 days when they visit the Oakland A’s on Friday as -170 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Friday night’s Red Sox vs. A’s betting matchup at O.co Coliseum marks the start of a crucial nine-game road trip for Boston, which plays 19 of its next 26 games away from Fenway Park.
With just three wins in their past eight games, and only 10 home dates remaining on their regular season schedule, the pressure is now squarely on the Red Sox, who enter the weekend trailing Toronto by two games in the American League East standings.
Boston continues to remain atop the AL wild card standings but remains far from assured of a postseason berth, sitting just two games up on the Baltimore Orioles and the surging Detroit Tigers
The Red Sox continued to demonstrate their hallmark inconsistency during August, sandwiching a mid-month six-game winning streak between stretches of losing baseball. Boston enters September at +1400 on the odds to win the World Series.
The A’s look to break out of a three-game losing slide as they prepare to host Boston for the first time this season. Oakland returns home after getting swept by the Houston Astros, closing out a six-game road trip that has sunk it deeper into the AL West basement.
It has been a long season for the A’s, who opened the campaign with a respectable 13-12 record but have since endured seven losing streaks of at least four games each.
However, Oakland has been a competitive club on home turf of late, claiming series victories over Cleveland, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Houston and Toronto, and it is 13-10 in its past 23 games at O.co Coliseum.
That success has not extended to recent dates with Boston, which is undefeated in its past seven games against the A’s and took three of four in Oakland last season.
David Price takes the mound for Boston on Friday in search of his fifth win in as many starts. He has allowed just six total earned runs during his current win streak.
Price has had his struggles against Oakland, picking up just two wins in his last five starts against the A’s. However, in his most recent start against Oakland he threw seven innings of shutout ball as a member of the Detroit Tigers in a 1-0 victory last season.
Oakland’s Andrew Triggs starts for the first time in his career against Boston on Friday after surrendering just eight total earned runs in eight August appearances.
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