Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 3 (8/3): MLB

Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 3 (8/3): MLB

Credit: photo by  Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 2:10 p.m. EST
Red Sox money line +170
Red Sox run line +1.5 (-110)
Astros money line -210
Astros run line -1.5 (-110)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Boston Red Sox Houston Astros
Record 53-52 67-38
Road / home record 27-25 33-17
Last 10 record 5-5 4-6
Streak W3 L2
Over / under record 46-50-9 37-62-5
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 3rd game of the series at the Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The Red Sox took the win 2-1 in the second game of the series. Devers homered with two RBI in his return from the injured list.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get here with a 53-52 record and have won 4 of their last 6 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:

Brayan Bello (0-3, 8.82 ERA) will be on the mound for the Red Sox in the 3rd game of the series. Bello worked behind an opener in his last outing. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits across 4.1 innings pitched against the Brewers.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 67-38 record and have lost 3 of their last 4 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:

Jose Urquidy (9-4, 3.86 ERA) will be on the mound for the Astros in the 3rd game of the series. On Thursday, Urquidy pitched 6.2 innings against Seattle, surrendering two runs on four hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision. He has a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 4.09 and 10 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Red Sox in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Boston Red Sox are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 13 games when playing on the road against Houston.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games against Boston.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games at home.

Prediction

The Astros continue to struggle against the Red Sox this season as they have lost 4 of the last 5 head to head games. They¿ll try to avoid the sweep by sending Jose Urquidy to the mound who has been great in his last 2 starts but allowed 4 runs in his last start vs Boston. Bello will get the ball for the Red Sox who has struggled this season in his 4 appearences. Expect both offenses to find success against these pitchers. Take the over.

PICK: Over 8.5 (-110)

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