Through games played April 27, the Oakland A’s were 14-15 on the season, third in the American West.
The Red Sox have struggled to an 11-16 start, fourth in the American League East.
Frankie Montas is scheduled to pitch for the A’s and Eduardo Rodriguez is set to take the ball for the Red Sox.
Offensively, the A’s are lead by the power of Khris Davis, who already has 10 home runs and 22 RBI.
Matt Chapman has been excellent as well with eight home runs and 18 RBI.
Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semein have contributed four home runs to a balanced attack that has eight players with at least ten RBI.
All told, the A’s have hit 42 home runs and are averaging 4.7 runs per game.
The Red Sox top hitter has been J. D. Martinez, batting a lofty .340 with four home runs and 13 RBI.
Mitch Moreland leads the team in home runs with seven, while Mookie Betts has five with 13 RBI.
Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts have each launched four home runs this season.
As a team, the Red Sox are averaging 4.4 runs per game.
Comparing the pitching, Montas is off to a 4-1 start with a 3.10 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 29 innings of work.
The top men out of the bull pen for the A’s have been Blake Treinen, who has six saves and an ERA of only 0.68.
Liam Hendricks and Yusmeiro Petit have been very solid, allowing a combined nine earned runs in 30 1/3 innings.
As a unit, the team has allowed 4.8 runs per game.
The Red Sox have struggled on the mound. Rodriguez is 2-2 with 28 strikeouts is as many innings, but has a high ERA of 5.88.
The most productive members of the bull pen have been closer Ryan Braiser, Marcus Walden, Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes, who have allowed 11 earned runs in 48 2/3 innings of work.
The Red Sox have allowed 5.6 runs per game this season.
With Montas pitching for the A’s, the Red Sox may struggle to surpass their average scoring output this season.
The opposite is likely to be true for the A’s offense against Rodriguez and a Boston team that is among the worst in runs allowed.
Look for the A’s to score 6 and the Red Sox to score 3 or 4 in an average to slightly above average scoring game.