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Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Prediction,
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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#921 Boston
Red Sox 9
#922 Houston
Astros -125

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 7:15pm

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Game Stats

Boston Red Sox
D. PRICE

27 - 24

2
W's
2
L's
3.29
ERA
1.07
WHIP

Houston Astros
B. PEACOCK

34 - 18

4
W's
2
L's
3.74
ERA
1.08
WHIP

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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

The Boston Red Sox are back in the hunt in the AL after a disastrous start and here they are in a huge Memorial Day weekend series against the Astros. Its a rematch of the 2018 ALCS, which the Sox won in 5 games. The Sox went on to win the world series in 2018 while the Astros won the 2107 world series. These two might be on a collision course to meet again in the 2019 playoffs. The Sox come into this series having won 4 of 5 games, not including Friday nights game. They smoked the Blue Jays Thursday 8-2 behind a strong performance from rookie Ryan Weber, who mad his first start. He only gave up 1 run and 3 hits in 6 innings. Steve Pearce went 3 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBIs. Rafael Devers had 2 hits and 2 RBIs, while Eduardo Nunez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts also had 2 hits.
The Red Sox are starting to hit like they did last year. They now average 5.4 runs per game, which is 4th in the majors. They have a team batting average of .258, which is 5th in the league, and a team slugging percentage of .436, which is 12th overall. Rookie Michael Chavis has added a huge boost to the offense. He’s hitting .279 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs. Rafael Devers is batting .317 with 6 HRs and 29 RBIs, while JD Martinez is hitting .308 with 9 HRs and 29 RBIs. Mookie Betts has raised his average to .289 with 8 HRs and 25 RBIs, while Andrew Benintendi is hitting .267 with 5 HRs and 20 RBIs. Xander Bogaerts is batting .289 with 8 HRs and 32 RBIs while Mitch Moreland is batting .239 with a team-high 12 HRs and 31 RBIs.
Red Sox pitching has really improved since the beginning of the year. They have a team ERA of 4.32, which is 16th in the league, and a team WHIP of 1.24, which is 8th. Left-hander David Price takes the hill for Boston Saturday. Price is 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA. Price was strong in his last outing, giving up 2 runs.

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.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

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
Rating:

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.

Prediction: Under

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