The hottest team in baseball will travel to Fenway Park to take on one of the worst teams in baseball when the Houston Astros take on the Boston Red Sox in the first of a three-game set.
The Astros have gone 9-1 in their last 10 games, while the Red Sox have gone just 3-7 in their last 10, and sit in the cellar of the American League East.
Houston Astros Betting Preview: Keep On Rolling
The Houston Astros come into play with a record of 23-12, good for a tie for first place in the American League West with the Los Angeles Angels. The Astros have used a 9-1 record over their last 10 games to get to the top of the standings.
The Astros’ only loss in that stretch came Saturday night to the Washington Nationals. Houston has gotten terrific pitching during their resurgence.
Manager Dusty Baker will send righthander Jake Odorizzi to the mound to kick things off with Boston. Odorizzi has a record of 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA.
In 26.2 innings, Odorizzi has struck out 17, walked 11, and allowed one home run. In his previous outing, Odorizzi went five shutout innings, allowing one hit. He struck out five and walked two in a 5-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Offensively, the Astros are hitting .229 as a team. Their leading hitter is shortstop Jeremy Pena, who is hitting .276. Left fielder Yordan Alvarez is hitting .257 with a team-high 11 home runs and 21 RBI. Third baseman Alex Bregman leads the team with 22 RBI, despite hitting just .235 with five home runs.
Boston Red Sox Betting Preview: The Turnaround Needs to be Swift
The Boston Red Sox come into play with a record of 13-21, good for last place in the American League East, 12 games behind the New York Yankees in the division standings.
The Red Sox have lost seven of their last 10 games and are showing no signs of snapping out of the funk that has plagued them to start the season. Boston is coming off a weekend where they took two of three from the Texas Rangers.
Manager Alex Cora will send righthander Garrett Whitlock to the mound to kick things off with Houston. Whitlock has a record of 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA. In 24.2 innings, Whitlock has struck out 34 hitters, walked eight, and allowed three home runs.
In his previous outing, Whitlock went three innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked four in a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Offensively, the Red Sox are hitting .235 as a team. Their leading hitter is shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is hitting .344 with two home runs and 13 RBI. Third baseman Rafael Devers is hitting .324 with six home runs and 19 RBI to lead the Sox in the power categories.
Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox Betting Lines and Odds
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Boston -130, while Houston checks in at +110. The Red Sox are favored by 1.5 runs and the over/under is 8.5.
Free Betting Pick
Houston is a much better team than Boston. However, Boston has two hitters in Bogaerts and Devers that can do serious damage. With that being said, Houston is on another level right now and they have so much momentum. Take the Astros in this one.