Astros vs. Red Sox Prediction
The Houston Astros and host Boston Red Sox will roll out a top-notch pitching matchup in Game 1 of the ALCS tonight. Will pitching prevail and send this contest to the under despite two powerful offenses?
903 Houston Astros at 904 Boston Red Sox
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Fenway Park at 8:09PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Red Sox are a -116 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Astros are a +106 underdog, while the over-under is set at 7 runs. As of Saturday morning, 56 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Astros ease past Cleveland
The Astros rolled in three games over the Indians in the ALDS as they won Game 3 by a count of 11-3 on the road back on Monday. George Springer helped lead the way from the leadoff spot as he was 3-for-6 with a pair of solo home runs. Jose Altuve went 2-for-6 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Alex Bregman finished 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs and an RBI. Yuli Gurriel ended the game 1-for-4 with two walks and a run. Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-6 with a double, a run and three RBIs. Carlos Correa finished 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks and three RBIs. Colin McHugh earned the win in relief as he struck out four over two perfect innings.
Red Sox hold on to win series
Boston held a 4-0 advantage in Game 4 Tuesday at the rival Yankees before holding on for a 4-3 victory. Steve Pearce was 2-for-5 and scored a run in the victory. J.D. Martinez finished 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Xander Bogaerts was 1-for-4 with a walk. Ian Kinsler finished 1-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Eduardo Nunez was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Christian Vazquez went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Rick Porcello gave up one earned run on four hits with one strikeout and no walks over five innings to earn the win. Craig Kimbrel allowed two earned runs on one hit with one strikeout and two walks in an inning of relief, but managed to hang on for the save.
Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA) will start today for the Astros, while the Red Sox are turning to Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11).
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 8-0 in their last eight Saturday games. The under is 8-2-1 in the last 11 Houston games overall.
The over is 6-1-2 in the last nine Red Sox home games. The under is 8-2-1 in the last 11 Boston games on Saturdays.
Verlander and Sale match up favorably against even the best offenses in baseball. The temperature is going to dip into the 40s tonight and it won't be condusive to offense. Look for a low-scoring game as these two starting pitchers dominate before giving way to the bullpens.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: ASTROS/RED SOX UNDER 7