Red Sox Series Preview: R2 Vs. Athletics

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Jun 3, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie (15) hits an RBI double in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The battle of the dead-last teams begins, tonight!

The Boston Red Sox (24-31) host the Oakland Athletics (23-33) in Fenway Park for the next three games. The Red Sox sputtered to a 3-7 record in the last ten games, including losing the last two matches to the Minnesota Twins. Boston’s 12-14 home record will not send much fear into the hearts of Athletics fans.

Especially when the Athletics are red-hot. They’ve been on a four-game winning streak, to put their record to 7-3 in their last 10 games. To have a 14-16 record in away games isn’t startling, by any means, but it also means that they can handle the pressure of opposing fans.

Which team will claw their way out of their respective division cellars with a series win? Maybe both. Maybe neither. Let’s look at the tale of the tape:

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