Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox Matchup

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The Boston Red Sox will do battle against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. This AL showdown can be viewed across the country on ESPN and the opening pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox Odds

Houston (+105) is the underdog to Boston (-115) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs. Odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at -105 for the over and -115 for the under. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at -200 for the Astros +1.5 runs and +170 for the Red Sox -1.5 runs.

The Astros are 89-53 SU and are 73-68 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.1 units for moneyline bettors and 0.9 units ATS. The Red Sox, on the other hand, are 97-46 SU and 85-57 ATS. They’ve gained 32.6 units for moneyline bettors and 26.8 units ATS.

Red Sox games have had an over/under record of 67-69-6 in 2018. Houston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 62-72-7.

The southpaw Dallas Keuchel is getting the nod for the visiting Stros. Keuchel (11-10, 3.46 ERA) has recorded 136 strikeouts in 179.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Red Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Red Sox are putting the ball in the right hand of Rick Porcello (16-7, 4.20 ERA), who has 176 strikeouts and 43 walks this season as well as a 1.17 WHIP. Porcello is 1-0 with five strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA in one start against Houston this year.

Boston’s pitchers have yielded 3.9 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.74, a WHIP of 1.22 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.6. The bullpen has a 3.50 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

The Boston hitters have put up 5.4 runs per contest, including 5.8 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .264/.358/.371 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Red Sox offense has been led by J.D. Martinez, who is slashing .332/.403/.633 with 39 home runs, 117 RBIs and 103 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Houston’s pitching staff allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starters own a 3.16 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 10.35 K/9. The bullpen has managed a solid ERA of just 2.92, along with a K/9 of 10.78.

Astros hitters have slashed .257/.332/.432 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (5-0 SU).

Alex Bregman has led Houston’s offense and is slashing .299/.401/.563 with 30 home runs, 97 RBIs and 98 runs scored.

The Astros just took the previous game in the series by a final score of five runs to three.

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in four of Boston’s last seven games.
  • The Astros have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • Houston has recorded 20.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.4 over its last five.