Red Sox vs. Astros Prediction
The Houston Astros will have Justin Verlander on the mound this afternoon as they finish up a home series against the Boston Red Sox. Will Houston complete the three-game sweep as favorites?
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Minute Maid Park at 2:10PM ET
TV: MLB Network
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are a -164 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Red Sox are a +154 underdog, while the total is set at 8 runs. As of Sunday morning, 71 percent of public bets are being placed on host Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Red Sox drop second straight
Boston lost by a count of 4-3 for a second day in a row Saturday night at Houston to drop to 27-25 overall and 14-15 on the road. The Red Sox scored twce in the ninth inning to tie it up before giving up the game-winning in the bottom half of the frame. Matt Barnes suffered the loss in relief as he allowed one earned run on two hits with two walks without recording an out. Rafael Devers helped lead the Boston offense as he was 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Michael Chavis was 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Christian Vazquez ended the night 1-for-4 with two runs. Eduardo Rodriguez will start tonight for the Red Sox as he enters with a 4-3 record, 5.43 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with 61 strikeouts over 54 2/3 innings.
Correa wins it in ninth
An RBI single by shortstop Carlos Correa sent host Houston to a 4-3 victory Saturday night over Boston. Correa finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Yuli Gurriel was 2-for-4 with a run plus an RBI. Aledmys Diaz ended the contest 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Roberto Osuna was given the win in relief after blowing the save as he allowed two earned runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk over one inning. Verlander gets the start today as he comes in with a 8-1 record, 2.24 ERA and 0.73 WHIP with 89 strikeouts over 72 1/3 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Red Sox are 7-1 in the last eight Rodriguez Sunday starts. Boston is 28-10 in its last 38 Sunday games.
The Astros are 2-5 in their last seven home games versus the Red Sox. Houston is 41-17 in the last 58 Verlander starts.
I don't make it a quest to bet against Verlander and I'm not going to here. The Astros hit lefties well even without George Springer in the lineup and Rodriguez hasn't been in good form lately. Considering he probably won't get much run support, I don't trust that lack of room for error. Look for Houston to establish an early lead and ride Verlander the rest of the way.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -164