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Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Preview – Game 1 – Thursday, May 18th

As the online MLB betting regular season continues to develop, all eyes have begun to shift towards the Houston Astros. After Wednesday’s victory over the Miami Marlins, Houston has officially won 9 out of their last 10 games. Add that on top of their previous efforts, and the Astros currently have the best record in the league. But word on the street is that the Astros are still interested in loading up more talent. According to Fox Sports, the Astros are looking to snag up some desirable pitching talent, to make their road to the playoffs that much smoother. We’ve seen what a star-studded cast can do in the NBA, and it seems like Houston wants to follow suit. Whatever the Astros end up doing, it’s bound to impact baseball betting lines, and the rest of the MLB should pay special attention to Houston’s management in the coming weeks.

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The Houston Astros will take a break this Thursday, before their game against the Indians this upcoming Friday. Nonetheless, the league has online MLB betting players covered this Thursday by offering 14 matchups to fill your betting pleasures. The action will kick off midday when the Washington Nationals travel to Pittsburgh to face off against the Pirates. Thursday’s action will conclude with a late-night contest between the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers. But even amongst a crowd of intriguing matchups, the Boston Red Sox game against the Athletics wills stand out to some.

Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics – Game 1 – Thursday, May 18th

When: 10:05 pm ET

Where: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland

TV: Local Broadcasts

Stream: MLB TV

Series: First of 4-game Series

Baseball Betting Odds

Boston Red Sox -1 ½ (+150) 9 (+105)          +101

Oakland Athletics      +1 ½ (-170)     9 (-125)           -111

Boston Red Sox

4-years removed from winning the World Series, the Red Sox are focused on finding similar success in 2017. However, considering that in those last 4-years Boston has failed to make the postseason twice, the Red Sox have other, slightly more achievable goals, in mind. Last season, the Sox were able to make the playoffs, where they got swept in the American League Division Series by the Cleveland Indians.

The Red Sox aren’t in the worst position for a playoff run. Boston is currently sitting on a 21-18 record that ranks them third in the AL East, just two-games behind the Orioles.

Oakland Athletics

Oakland has failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons consecutively. This season, Oakland is hoping to put an end to that sour streak. So far, the Athletics have not made any sort of headway into that goal. Oakland currently owns a lackluster 17-23 record that lands them the last spot in the AL West, and ranks them right near the bottom of the AL. Nevertheless, baseball betting sites are still siding with Oakland Thursday night.