Collin McHugh (4-3, 5.50 ERA) and the Houston Astros (15-22) are in Boston to go up against Clay Buchholz (2-3, 5.90 ERA) and the Red Sox (22-14) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the third of a four-game series at Fenway Park. The Astros won the last game 7-6, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 14 and will air on FS1, RTSW and NESN.
In his last start, Buchholz pitched 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 14-7 victory over the Athletics. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.341, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 30 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The Astros were also victorious the last time McHugh pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one in a 5-1 victory over the Mariners. Jose Altuve (.338, 34 Rs, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Astros, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
The odds are Boston -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.5.
In their previous five games this season, the Red Sox have a 3-2 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
In their last game, the Astros won by a margin of one run. The Red Sox are 3-4 in one-run games. The Astros have a 4-5 record in close games.
The Red Sox managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 10-11 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 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Boston and Houston both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Boston sits at 10th with 43 home runs this season and Houston ranks eighth with 44.
Ranking first in hits, Boston has earned 10.47 per game this season. Houston ranks 24th with 7.76 hits.
Ranking 17th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.726). Boston ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .843.
The Astros are 10-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 13-10 when they allow at least one homer.