Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Betting Pick 10/18/18

Date | AuthorBTB Staff

Last Updated: 2018-10-18

The Boston Red Sox will be taking on the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS. The visiting Red Sox currently have a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. The game is slated to begin at 8:09 p.m. ET and will be televised on TBS.

Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Odds

David Price will get the start for Boston. The southpaw Price is 16-7 with a 3.58 ERA and 177 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 17 strikeouts and a 3.65 ERA against Houston this year (two starts).

The Astros are putting the ball in the hands of righty Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52 ERA), who has 290 strikeouts and 37 walks, as well as a WHIP of 0.90. Verlander is 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA in one start against Boston this year.

Behind a team slash line of .257/.353/.399, Boston has averaged 6.5 runs scored through eight postseason games. Houston is hitting .274/.388/.498 and the team has put up 5.9 runs in the 2018 playoffs.

The Astros bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 4.62 and a WHIP of 1.26, while Red Sox relievers have a 3.67 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.

J.D. Martinez has sparked Boston’s offense and is hitting .328/.401/.619 with 44 home runs, 138 RBIs and 114 runs scored.

Alex Bregman has helped lead the Astros’ offense this year with 33 home runs, 108 RBIs and 113 runs scored.

The Red Sox are looking for another victory after an 8-6 win in the prior game of this series.

Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER


Betting Notes

Boston has tallied 15 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Houston has 20 XBH over its last five.

The Red Sox have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 18 over their last 10.

The Red Sox have a team OPS of .793 this season and an OPS of .997 against right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS stands at .763 overall and .810 versus righties.

Houston has averaged 22.2 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 24.2 over its last five.

The Red Sox have won five of their last six games SU.

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