In the last of a four-game series between the Boston Red Sox (23-14) and the Houston Astros (15-23) at Fenway Park, Sean O'Sullivan (1-0, 6.43 ERA) and Chris Devenski (0-2, 1.72 ERA) take the mound. The Red Sox won the last game 6-5, and Boston leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 15 and will air on RTSW and NESN.
In his last start, O'Sullivan pitched 6.0 innings, allowing four runs and striking out three in a 13-5 victory over the Athletics. David Ortiz (.320, 20 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Astros were unsuccessful the last time Devenski pitched. He pitched well, going 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-0 loss to the Indians. Jose Altuve (.345, 35 Rs, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Astros, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The odds are Houston -115 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 11.
The Red Sox have mostly come out on top against the Astros in their previous six games this season, earning a 4-2 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
In their last game, the Astros lost by a margin of one run. The Red Sox are 4-4 in one-run games. The Astros have a 4-6 record in close games.
The Red Sox managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 4-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-9. The Astros have a 4-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Boston ranks 10th with 44 homers and Houston is sixth with 46.
Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 10.57 per game this season. Houston ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 7.84.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Boston has an OPS of .847 this season. Houston ranks 14th with an OPS of .732.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 10-17. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 14-10 record.