Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.92 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (38-45) meet Lance McCullers (4-2, 2.19 ERA) and the Houston Astros (48-35) in the last of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 6-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jul. 5 and will air on ROOT-SW and NESN.
In his last start, Rodriguez pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking two in a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Dustin Pedroia (.306, 34 Rs, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two RBIs. The Astros were victorious over the Royals 6-1 the last time McCullers pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking two. Jose Altuve (.302, 41 Rs, 7 HRs, 35 RBIs, 23 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Boston is a -118 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Red Sox are 21-29 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,462.
Moving on to the away team, the Astros come into this game with a solid win percentage of .600 when playing as the underdog (24-16) and an overall money line of +1,169. They sport the fourth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. Houston is one of the top road hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.9 hits per contest. Houston is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 66 stolen bases. The Astros are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.44 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.18 on the year, good for second in the league.
This game will feature McCullers (RHP) on the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 28-33 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Astros will be the left-hander Rodriguez. They sport a 17-16 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
For the 10th time this season, the Astros registered at least two errors in a game.
The Astros are 4-3 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 3-3 in such matchups.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Astros are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Red Sox have a 13-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 34-9. The Red Sox have a 31-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 10th in runs, Boston has earned 349 this season. Houston ranks third with 375 runs.
Boston and Houston both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Boston sits at sixth with 262 this season and Houston ranks eighth with 256.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 27-27. When the Astros hit at least one homer, they have a 38-20 record.