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Boston Red Sox host Houston Astros in baseball action

Houston AstrosBoston Red Sox
April 28, 1:35 PM | GrassFenway Park

Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Odds

7-17TEAM RECORD17-7

The Red Sox get a visit from the Houston Astros in baseball action on Sunday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

It's a pitching duel between John Lackey for the Red Sox (0-1 on the year) and Bud Norris for Houston (3-2 so far).

View Houston vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Astros listed as underdogs of +-180 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 5-rated Red Sox and the league No. 14-ranked Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Boston's American League No. 2-ranked scoring average of 5.1 runs per game, against a Astros offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4 runs per game in the league. The Red Sox have averaged 9.1 hits per game to date this season, more than the Astros hitters have managed (8.5 per nine innings).

Defensively, Houston features the American League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.7 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the American League at home, scoring 4.5 runs per game.

The Astros were an 8-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -260 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. Houston suffered an 8-4 loss against Boston on Saturday, as Brad Peacock wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Fenway Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing NY Yankees are 3-6
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 3-7
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Astros at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Boston
Houston is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Houston at NY Yankees, Monday, April 29
Boston at Toronto, Tuesday, April 30