Boston vs Oakland by Sors

Clay Buchholz (3-6 with a 3.82 ERA), who takes the mound for the Red Sox in the final game of their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, is coming off his best start of the season, as the right-hander yielded just 3 hits and struck out eight over eight scoreless innings of a 1-0 win against the Twins last Tuesday.


But while the right-hander went 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA in ten career starts versus Minnesota, he had much bigger problems in his previous seven starts against Oakland, in which he posted a 6.68 ERA.


Josh Reddick is 2-for-6, with a homer and a walk against Buchholz, Marcus Semien is 1-for-3, Sam Fuld is 1-for-4, with 1 RBI and a walk, Billy Butler is 3-for-15, with 1 RBI and two walks, while Ben Zobrist is hitting .175 against him (7-for-40), but with 4 RBI and six walks.


The A’s were limited to 4 runs on 13 hits in the previous two games of this series, but scored five or more runs in five of their previous seven games and have .253 BA, with 39 runs and 8 HR over that span.


The Red Sox, on the other hand, are hitting .273 (18 runs and 4 HR) in their last five games and scored four or more runs in seven of their last nine games at Fenway Park.


Kendall Graveman (3-2 with a 5.56 ERA), who will start for Oakland, gave up 8 hits and 3 runs over six innings of a 5-3 win in Detroit last Tuesday.


The right-hander, who surrendered three or more earned runs in four or his previous seven starts this season, has never faced the Red Sox or any of their hitters before.


And something more: Graveman lasted less than six innings in five of his previous seven starts this season, while Oakland’s bullpen is ranked among the league’s worst (4.68 ERA).


I see a lot of prerequisites for more than eight runs in the final game of this series between the Red Sox and Oakland Athletics.


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