Astros vs. Red Sox Saturday Prediction
The Astros took the first game of their weekend series against the Red Sox on Friday night, but will Boston respond with a victory in Game 2 at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday? The Red Sox are currently listed as a small underdog.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, May 18, 2019
7:15 p.m. ET, Fenway Park, Boston, MA
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 52% of the betting tickets are on the Astros to beat the Red Sox on the moneyline.
Houston Astros Fantasy Spin
George Springer walloped a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning on Friday, powering the Astros to a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of their three-game set at Fenway Park. The Astros trailed 1-0 entering the eighth inning, where Jake Marisnick got things started with a leadoff double off of Rick Porcello. Springer then did the damage, crushing Porcello's next pitch over the wall in center for the game-changing blast. His 17 home runs are tops in the American League, leading teammate Alex Bregman by three. He finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing an outstanding .320/.402/.663 with 17 homers, 42 RBI and four stolen bases on the season.
Boston Red Sox Fantasy Spin
Christian Vazquez went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and drove in the Red Sox' lone run in Friday's loss to the Astros. Vazquez drove home Xander Bogaerts with an RBI single in the sixth inning to produce the game's first run, but that would wind up being the extent of the Red Sox' offense in the game. He has swung a surprisingly hot bat in the early part of the season, slashing a robust .311/.362/.519 with five homers, 15 RBI and a stolen base.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 63-28 in their last 91 games overall.
The Red Sox have won 60 of their last 89 games at Fenway Park.
I like the Red Sox to rebound tonight. Hector Velazquez will be making his seventh start after allowing just two runs on two hits in a win over Seattle in his last start. The right-hander has yet to allow more than three runs in an outing and owns a 4.19 ERA as a starter. Meanwhile, Corbin Martin will make only his second major league start and draws a tough assignment against an excellent Boston lineup that will look to rebound after having its bats silenced on Friday night.
The Pick: Boston Red Sox +103