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(917) Boston Red Sox at (918) Oakland Athletics: Joe Boyle Strikeouts Thrown

(917) Boston Red Sox at (918) Oakland Athletics: Joe Boyle Strikeouts Thrown
April 1, 2024 9PM EDT
Play Rating:
1.5% – Joe Boyle Strikeouts Thrown Under 5.5 (-115)

This play is obviously in conjunction with our opinion on the Red Sox in tonight's matchup. We simply want to put Joe Boyle in a "prove it" position. When he was traded from Cincinnati to Oakland at the trade deadline last season, here was his scouting report from's Martín Gallegos: "The stuff is excellent with a high-octane fastball but the control, or lack thereof, is worrisome." When he joined the A's organization last year, he had a 19-percent walk rate at the Single-A and Double-A levels. In 13 innings with the A's in Spring Training, he issued 15 walks. At six-foot-seven, he's obviously an intriguing prospect and Oakland is going to give him a shot, but realistically, how much could he have improved his command over the last eight months? He's no longer facing Double-A hitters. Tonight, he's facing one of the best lineups in baseball. If he does not have top command tonight and issues walks, his pitch count is going to make it very difficult to generate 6+ strikeouts against a good Boston lineup.

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