Astros vs. Red Sox Pick
Oddsmakers at sports book Bovada.lv have made the Astros a -117 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Red Sox are a -103 underdog and the over-under is 10.
Pitching for Houston will be Charlie Morton (13-7, 3.63 ERA), while Boston is going with Doug Fister (5-6, 4.87). Morton has a 1.21 WHIP with 159 strikeouts over 141 1/3 innings. He allowed one earned run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over seven innings in a 6-2 home win over the Angels his last start. Morton has a 4.26 ERA in eight road starts.
Houston enters with a 99-60 record and is 51-27 on the road, while Boston is 92-67 and 47-31 at home. The season series is tied 2-2 and the over-under is also 2-2.
Thursday's game saw the Astros roll to a 12-2 victory, becoming the first team since 1887 to win four consecutive games by nine or more runs. George Springer was 1-for-4 with two walks and two runs. Alex Bregman was 1-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Jose Altuve was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs. Carlos Correa went 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, three runs and three RBIs. Marwin Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run and three RBIs. Cameron Maybin finished 2-for-5 with an RBI. Brad Peacock allowed two earned runs over five innings to get the win. Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace Boston. Eduardo Rodriguez allowed five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Houston's offense can do no wrong these days and it feels right that it will feast again on Fister, a pitcher who has been struggling over the last month. The Astros are still playing for home-field advantage through the ALCS, trailing Cleveland by one game. Morton is in fine form right now and adds to the reasoning behing picking the road team.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS -117