Steven Wright (3-3, 1.52 ERA) and Lance McCullers (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Boston Red Sox (22-13) and the Houston Astros (14-22) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 11-1, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and can be seen on RTSW and NESN.
Wright pitched 9.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-1 win over the Yankees. Jackie Bradley Jr. (.328, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. This is the first time McCullers will take the hill this season. He pitched 132.0 innings last season, finishing 6-7 with a 3.20 ERA his last outingJose Altuve (.326, 32 Rs, 9 HRs, 22 RBIs, 13 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Boston and Houston are Red Sox -150, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
The Red Sox lead the season series, 3-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Red Sox won their last game by a 10-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Astros are 1-3. The Red Sox are 2-0 in blowouts this season.
The Red Sox are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 11 runs. The Astros have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-8. The Astros have a 4-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Boston ranks ninth with 42 homers and Houston is eighth with 43.
Boston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 10.46 per game this season. Houston ranks near the bottom at 26th with 7.61.
Ranking 18th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.721). Boston ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .843.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 9-16. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 13-9 record.