Scott Feldman (0-2, 4.11 ERA) and Henry Owens (0-0, 0.00 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (6-12) and the Boston Red Sox (8-9) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 8-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on ESPN.
Feldman pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking three in a 7-5 defeat to the Rangers. Colby Rasmus (.302, 10 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and five RBIs. David Ortiz (.286, 7 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Houston and Boston are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 15 bases. The Astros are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.5 walks per game so far this season.
The Red Sox capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, ranking .273 in the league with a .273 team batting average. The Red Sox are an excellent base stealing team with 13 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
Houston has lost all of its games (0-7) when leading after seven innings. However, Boston has won 50% (4-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Red Sox managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 2-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 5-2. The Red Sox have a 7-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th in runs, Houston has earned 71 this season. Boston ranks sixth with 83 runs.
Ranking 14th, Boston is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 53 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 62.
The Astros are 5-10 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 4-5 when they hit at least one homer.