Boston Red Sox (39-17) vs Houston Astros (35-22)Date : 06/02/2018
Time : 8:10 PM ET
Location : Minute Maid Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros
The Astros return home to face the Red Sox at Minute Maid Park in a four-game series. This will be a matchup between the two top teams in the American Leauge. The Astros are on top of the AL West division while the Red Sox are on top of the AL East. This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Boston Red Sox's Latest Performance :
The Red Sox are coming off a sweep against the Blue Jays going 5-1 in their homestand. The Red Sox will be on the road for 4 games to take on the World Series Champs the Astros. The Red Sox now have the best record in the Major, they are 39-17 on the season and 19-9 on the road. The Red Sox are the best batting team overtaking the Yankees with 301 runs scored this season but the Yankees have 3 games in hand. The Red Sox will be facing the best pitching team in the Major so it will be very interesting to see how these two match up.
J.D. Martinez launched his league-leading 18th homer. That was his only hit of the game but it proved to a crucial one for the Red Sox, he will be more than prepared as he and his team will be more than ready to face off against the World Series Champ, to be the best you have to beat the best and the Red Sox certainly got the talent with the way they have been batting lately. JD was a great pick up for the Red Sox this year and he is showing them why he is worth every penny. He is slashing .322/.379/.663 with 47 RBIs this season. Mookie Betts is also making his return after sitting out for 3 games.
Pitching for the Red Sox will be David Price struck out four and allowed two runs in five innings despite taking a hit to the chest. He has a 4.89 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in his last seven games.
Houston Astros's Latest Performance :
The Astros are coming off a series loss against the Yankees, they will now return home for a 5 game homestand first up they will be facing the Red Sox. The Astros were unfortunate in the Yankees series after an impressive series opener they have now dropped two straight games and one game went to extra innings. The Astros will be glad to be back at home they have a home record of 16-11 on the year. Coming into this series the Astros still remain the best pitching team in the Major with an ERA of 2.68. Going up a great batting team like the Red Sox will be a great challenge for the World Series Champ.
Max Stassi smacked a two-run home run and added an RBI double, he was the only batter that could really Severino in this game. He has earned more playing time with his surprising showing at the plate and will be a regular for as long as Brian McCann is out, he is making the most of his opportunity and he has shown that he got what it takes after a great batting performance against an elite pitcher. He is slashing .303/.367/.562 on the year with 5 homers and 17 RBIs. Jose Altuve will be ready for the Red Sox as he continues to hit, he hit .469 during the road trip including five multi-hit games he is hoping to replicate that when the Astros return to Minute Maid.
Pitching for the Astros will be Justin Verlander. He held the Yankees to one run over 6 2/3 innings. He hopes to do the same when the Red Sox visit. He’s now 7-2 this year to go along with a major league-best 1.11 ERA. He’s struck out 98 batters in 81 1/3 innings with 11 quality starts in 12 outings.
How Boston Red Sox & Houston Astros Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Astros are 17-6 in their last 23 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Against The Spread Selection: Houston Astros
My reason for the pick :
The Houston Astros should be able to take care of business at home, as Verlander will put on yet another masterful pitching performance as he will outpitch Price. With Verlander pitching it is hard not to bet against them because with an elite pitcher like Verlander it is hard for the World Series Champs to lose and it doesn’t matter if they are going up against a great batting team like the Red Sox. This is what great pitchers do they win you baseball games.
Astros to beat the Red Sox at home courtesy of Verlander.
Betting trends for Boston Red Sox:
- Red Sox are 7-1 in their last 8 games on grass.
Betting trends for Houston Astros:
- Astros are 35-16 in their last 51 home games.