Astros vs. Red Sox Pick
Oddsmakers at sports book Bovada.lv have put the Astros and Red Sox both at -110 to win on the moneyline. The over-under is 9.
On the mound for Houston will be Lance McCullers (7-3, 4.01 ERA), while the Red Sox turn to Drew Pomeranz (16-6, 3.38). McCullers owns a 1.28 WHIP with 126 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 3 1/3 innings in a 7-5 home loss to the Angels his last start. McCullers has a 4.78 ERA in 12 road starts. Pomeranz has a 1.37 WHIP with 171 strikeouts in 167 2/3 innings. He surrendered five earned on seven hits with no strikeouts and one walk in two innings during a 6-4 home loss to the Blue Jays his last outing. Pomeranz has a 3.58 ERA in 16 home starts.
Houston comes in with a 100-60 on the season and is 52-27 on the road, while Boston is 92-68 and 47-32 at home. The Astros have won three of five meetings this season and the total has gone under three times.
The Astros won their fifth straight game Friday night with a 3-2 victory. Alex Bregman was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs to lead the way. Charlie Morton picked up the win, while Ken Giles earned his 34th save. Mitch Moreland was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run for the Red Sox. Rafael Devers added an RBI double. Doug Fister gave up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.
There is no team hotter in baseball than the Houston Astros right now and they've now managed to win two straight games at Fenway Park. The issue here is McCullers, who has not been at the top of his game since getting injured a few months ago. While both teams are still fighting for position in the AL playoffs race, the Red Sox know they have the Yankees now breathing down their neck with two games to play. A win will clinch the AL East title and with Pomeranz on the mound, we see that happening.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON RED SOX -110