The Boston Red Sox are set to welcome the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. The visiting Astros currently hold a 1-0 lead in the series, and the action will be televised on TBS. The opening pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 7:09 p.m. ET.
Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox Odds
Including the regular season, the Red Sox are 111-56 straight up (SU) and 96-70 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 34.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 23.2 units (ATS). The Astros, on the other hand, are 107-59 SU and have gone 86-79 ATS. Overall, the team’s accumulated 0.5 units for moneyline gamblers, but have lost 1.6 units ATS.
Boston games have had an over/under record of 79-79-8 in 2018. The Astros have been a good under bet with a total record of 72-85-8.
The right-handed Gerrit Cole is getting the nod for Houston. Cole is 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA and 276 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 15 strikeouts and a 3.46 ERA against Boston this year (two starts).
The Red Sox are going with lefty David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA), who has 177 strikeouts and 50 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.14. Price is 1-0 with 17 strikeouts and a 3.65 ERA across two starts against Houston this year.
Behind a team slash line of .291/.421/.567, the Astros have averaged 7.0 runs scored through four postseason games. Boston is hitting .247/.337/.371 and the team has put up 5.8 runs during this year’s playoffs.
The Red Sox bullpen (9.9 K/9) has registered an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.45 this postseason, while Astros relievers (8.6 K/9) have fared noticeably better with a 0.71 ERA and 0.63 WHIP.
Houston’s offense has been powered by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve. Bregman is slashing .290/.403/.543 with 33 home runs, 107 RBIs and 112 runs scored, while Altuve is hitting .313 with 14 homers, 63 RBIs, 89 runs and 17 stolen bases.
J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have led the Red Sox hitters this year. Martinez is hitting .329/.402/.625 with 44 home runs, 136 RBIs and 112 runs scored, while Betts has produced a line of .341/.433/.626 with 32 homers, 82 RBIs, 132 runs and 30 stolen bases.
The Astros just took the previous game in this series by a score of seven runs to two.
Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER
Houston has tallied 17 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Boston has 12 XBH over its last five.
The Astros have won seven of their last eight games SU.
Boston has recorded 27.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.6 over its last five.
The Astros have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.