Oakland (Manaea) +110 at Boston (O'Sullivan) O/U 9.5
Boston's Sean O'Sullivan is right there among the most hittable pitchers in the league. In just over 300 career innings, O'Sullivan's ERA sits at 5.96 with only 146 strikeouts. During his last stint with Philadelphia, he made 13 starts and somehow surrendered 16 home runs and 94 hits in only 71 innings. Now he's being asked to pitch -- albeit a spot start -- in the American League. Oakland lefty Sean Manaea is fairly highly regarded as a former first round pick back in 2013. His stuff is above average and in two starts he's been mildly effective -- 9 Ks and 53% ground balls. Boston isn't an ideal matchup but I'd gladly take a first-time lefty with promise over O'Sullivan. Despite being worked heavy this season and yesterday, Oakland's bullpen has been a pleasant surprise -- statistically right in line with Boston's. There will likely be plenty of hits and runs in this matchup but you simply can't be asked to lay any sort of price with O'Sullivan. Look for the A's jump out early and milk 5 or 6 innings out of Manaea.