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The Houston Astros host the Boston Red Sox Saturday in the second game of a three-game series. This is a rematch of the 2018 ALCS. The Astros are 33-18 and lead the AL West, while the Red Sox are 27-23 and in third place in the AL East. This match up pits Boston left-hander David Price (2-2) against Houston right-hander Brad Peacock (5-2). Game time is 7:15 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Red Sox roll over Toronto
Ryan Weber’s first start with the Red Sox went pretty well. pic.twitter.com/pvqNiPfqle
— Brendan (@brendan_camp) May 23, 2019
Houston stumbles versus White Sox
The Houston Astros had been on fire, but then they unexpectedly stumbled at home against the White Sox. They wound up splitting the 4 game series but lost the last two. They were beaten 9-4 on Wednesday and then were shut out 4-0 on Thursday to fall to 33-18. They still hold a commanding lead in the division, leading second-place Texas by 7 games, but they would like to right the ship against the resurgent Red Sox. In the 4-0 loss, the White Sox’s Lucas Giolito threw a complete game shut out, allowing only 4 hits. Michael Brantley had 2 of those hits. Corbin Martin (1-1) gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in 3.1 innings to suffer the loss for Houston.
The Houston offensive juggernaut hit a bump in the road in the last few games, but they are still the most potent offense in the league. They average 5.4 runs per game, which is 3rd in the league. They bat .279 as a team, which is 1st in the Majors, and have a slugging percentage of .506 which is 1st. They are 2nd in homers. Josh Reddick is among the leaders for the Astros with an average of .331 with 4 HRs and 13 RBIs. Michael Brantley is hitting .328 with 10 HRs and 34 RBIs, while Alex Bregman is hitting .266 with 15 HRs and 35 RBIs. George Springer is batting .313 with 17 HRs and 42 RBIs. He’s 2nd in the league in home runs and 3rd in RBIs. Also, Carlos Correa is batting .291 with 11 HRs and 33 RBIs, while Jose Altuve, who is on the injured list, is batting .243 with 9 HRs and 21 RBIs.
In addition to their hitting, the Astros are also pitching well. They have a team ERA of 3.42, which is 2nd in the Majors. They have a WHIP of 1.04, which is 1st in the league. Brad Peacock gets the start for Houston. The right-hander is 5-2 on the year with an ERA of 3.59.
- Astros are 2-5 in Peacock’s last 7 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 6-16 in Peacock’s last 22 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
- Red Sox are 9-2 in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- Red Sox are 7-2 in their last 9 vs. American League West.
- Red Sox are 8-2 in Price’s last 10 road starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Red Sox are 10-4 in Price’s last 14 starts during game 2 of a series.
- Red Sox are 5-2 in Price’s last 7 starts vs. American League West.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Red Sox in this one. This series will be a lot of fun. It is the marquee matchup of the Memorial Day weekend. When its all said and done, these two teams could be the last two standing in the AL once again this year. The Red Sox come in with some momentum and they’ll steal this one with their most consistent pitcher, Price on the hill. But look for a good pitcher’s duel. The Red Sox are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 5-1 in Prices last 6 starts vs. Astros.
Prediction: Boston +128
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. Yes, these are two of the best offensive teams in the majors. Houston is in fact the best offensive team, statistically. But this will be the one game that will be played in the low numbers. Price has been very consistent this year and Peacock has been the Astros most effective pitcher. Also, they are both coming off good starts in their last outings. The under is 8-2 in Peacocks last 10 starts during game 2 of a series. Also, the under is 5-0 in Prices last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record.