Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 2 (8/2): MLB

Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 2 (8/2): MLB

Credit: photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Red Sox money line +185
Red Sox run line +1.5 (-110)
Astros money line -225
Astros run line -1.5 (-110)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Boston Red Sox Houston Astros
Record 52-52 67-37
Road / home record 26-25 33-16
Last 10 record 4-6 5-5
Streak W2 L1
Over / under record 46-49-9 37-61-5
Runs / game 4.52 4.49
Runs allowed / game 4.74 3.37

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox will play the 2nd game of the series at the Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. The Red Sox beat the Astros 3-2 to take the lead on the series. Jarren Duran homered and drove in a career-high three RBI. Vázquez was in the Red Sox lineup before being scratched just minutes before the game. Now, with a move to the other clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, he'll try to help the Astros make another deep playoff push.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get here with a 52-52 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.52 runs per game. They're batting for .255 AVG, 468 runs scored in 905 hits and 100 home runs, ranking #13 in offense in the league, behind the Colorado Rockies. Rafael Devers is leading the team with 22 home runs and 55 RBI, batting for .324 AVG while Trevor Story leads in RBI's with 58. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.74 runs per game and rank #24 in the league. Nick Pivetta leads the team with 8 wins recorded with a 4.47 ERA and 114 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher:

Kutter Crawford (2-3, 4.15 ERA) will be on the mound for the Red Sox in the 2nd game of the series. On Thursday, Crawford faced Cleveland and pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one run on three hits and no walks while striking out two batters. He did not factor in the decision.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 67-37 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. They're averaging 4.49 runs and batting for .240 AVG, 461 runs scored in 822 hits and 146 home runs, ranking #14 in offense in the league behind the Boston Red Sox. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .310 avg with 30 home runs and 70 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.37 runs per game and ranking #3 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.81 ERA, 122 strikeouts and 14 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher:

Cristian Javier (6-6, 3.26 ERA) will be on the mound for the Astros in the 2nd game of the series. On Wednesday, Javier (6-6) took the loss in a 4-2 setback to the Athletics after giving up three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out six. He has an ERA of 2.57, 9 strikeouts and 1 save in 2 appearances against the Red Sox in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston.

Boston are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games against an opponent in the American League.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games against an opponent in the American League East Division division.

Houston Astros are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games played on a Tuesday.

Prediction

The Astros have struggled against the Red Sox this season as they have lost 3 of the last 4 head to head games. The Astros just got Cristian Vazquez in a trade with the Red Sox so he will most likely start in the lineup for this game. Cristian Javier will take the mound who has struggled a bit lately but has good numbers vs Red Sox in his career. The Red Sic will send Kutter Crawford who has done a decent job so far this season. The Astros offense hasn't been great lately so I think this should be another low scoring game. Take the under.

PICK: Under 8 (-110)

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