The Boston Red Sox will be facing off against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The series is currently tied 1-1, and the matchup is slated to begin at 5:09 p.m. ET. It’s scheduled to be televised on TBS..
Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Odds
Oddsmakers are listing Boston (+120) as the underdog to Houston (-130). The total is sitting at 8.5 runs and bettors can take the over for +105 and the under for -125. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds coming in at Red Sox +1.5 runs (-175) and Astros -1.5 runs (+155).
The Red Sox have gone 112-56 SU across the regular season and playoffs, and are 97-71 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 34.5 units for moneyline gamblers and 23.2 units ATS. Boston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 107-60 SU and 87-80 ATS. The team’s gained 0.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 1.6 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.
Astros games have a 74-85-8 over/under record in 2018. Boston has an over/under record of 81-79-8.
The right-handed Nathan Eovaldi is getting the nod for Boston. Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) has racked up 101 strikeouts in 110 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA against Houston this year.
The Astros are sending lefty Dallas Keuchel (12-11, 3.74 ERA) to the mound. Keuchel has 153 punchouts and 58 walks to his name, as well as a 1.31 WHIP. Keuchel is 0-0 with two strikeouts and a 7.50 ERA in one start against Boston this year.
With a team slash line of .250/.338/.373, Boston has scored 6.0 runs per game through six playoff outings. The Astros are hitting .274/.399/.530 and the team has put up 6.6 runs in this year’s playoffs.
The Astros bullpen (8.5 K/9) has registered an ERA of 1.23 and a WHIP of 0.89 this postseason, while Red Sox relievers (11.0 K/9) have fared significantly worse with a 4.10 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.
Boston’s hitters have been led by J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts, who collectively have launched 76 home runs. Martinez is slashing .327/.399/.620 with 44 home runs, 136 RBIs and 112 runs scored, while Betts has a .342 average with 32 homers, 83 RBIs, 134 runs and 30 stolen bases.
The Astros’ hitters have been led by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve. Bregman is slashing .289/.405/.541 with 33 home runs, 107 RBIs and 112 runs scored, and Altuve’s line is .313/.382/.450 with 14 homers, 64 RBIs, 89 runs and 17 stolen bases.
The Red Sox are coming off of a 7-5 win in Game .
Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER
The under has cashed in only two of Boston’s last seven games.
The Red Sox have won three of their last four games SU.
Boston has posted 23.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 23.4 over its last five.
The Red Sox have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 17 over their last 10.