Almost any way you sort the AL pitching stats, the Red Sox staff ranks approximately #11 in the American League. Certainly below the A’s. The Orioles are at the bottom in just about every category and then the Rangers, White Sox and Royals show up in some order below Boston.
The A’s are 10-3 against those teams (BOS, BAL and TEX, N/A vs. CHI and KC), having outscored them 91-56. So that might bode well for an offense that struggled mightily against a much better-ranked staff at the Rogers Centre.
Working against that is the A’s long and dismal history at Fenway Park. The club is 96-173 (.357) there since moving to Oakland, with Melvin teams putting up an 8-16 record.
The A’s did win 2 out of 3 in the series there last May. The last time the A’s won consecutive series at Fenway was August 6-8, 2002 and August 19-21, 2003, with the A’s winning 2 out of 3 each of those times. The winning pitchers were Mark Mulder, Aaron Harang, Ricardo Rincon and Chad Bradford. You might remember the way Harang’s win ended:
Weather forecast is chilly with temperature in the 40s and 50s but if tonight’s rain holds off until after the game as forecast there shouldn’t be any delays. The A’s also get a fairly rare weekday afternoon game as the Red Sox play in Chicago Thursday while the A’s have an off day in Pittsburgh. Scheduled pitching matchups:
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 29, 2019