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Red Sox Have not Been Worth the Price of Admission

Wrapping up what has been a forgettable series for them, the Red Sox will call upon David Price  (1-1, 5.09 ERA) to pitch against Joe Musgrove (4-5, 4.81 ERA) in prime time tonight. In their first real slump of the season, the ‘Stros will be facing a pitching tonight who’s posted some his best career numbers against them.

SHARK BITES
  • David Price has a 4-2 record and 2.68 ERA in 7 career starts against the Astros.
  • The Astros are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games as home favorites. 
  • The Red Sox are 1-4 SU in David Price's last 5 starts on the road.

Although he hasn’t been able to put it all together since his golden pay day last year, David Price is still an elite talent in the American League and he’s showed flashes of that since returning from his elbow injury in late May. The Astros have struggled a little against lefty pitching this season – relatively speaking – so if Price can avoid an implosion, the Bo Sox have a good chance to win this series.

Houston has done a fair bit of reeling in the starting pitching department since they placed Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton on the DL but Musgrove, their starter today, has performed admirably when called upon. He’s allowed two runs over his last 11.2 innings pitched and he’s been throwing a ton of strikes, issuing just one walk in that span.

This is a matchup of what most considered a preview of the ALCS at the beginning of the season and the odds imply just how close bookmakers see it. The Astros opened as slight underdogs but the line has since moved in their direction and they'll probably close as the fave.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Houston Astros as 105 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.0-3.8 victory for the Astros. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Houston Astros sport a record of 46-23 heading into this matchup, while the Boston Red Sox sit at 38-30 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Boston injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Houston Astros rated this week at No. 2 and the Boston Red Sox sitting at No. 10.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Houston Astros and its No. 3-rated batting order, averaging 5.42 runs per nine innings, against the No. 18 line up of the Boston Red Sox at 4.65 runs per outing.

Houston owns the No. 3 defense, allowing 5.42 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's No. 6-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Red Sox were saddled with a loss last time out in R Porcello's start, as they lost 7-1 against Houston on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
  • Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
  • Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Kansas City, Monday, June 19th
Houston at Oakland, Monday, June 19th

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