Ryan Dempster faces Erik Bedard in MLB odds action
Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Odds
Fenway Park hosts an MLB battle between the Boston Red Sox and the visiting Houston Astros on Friday.
Ryan Dempster will take the mound for Boston, and he'll carry a 0-2 record into the contest. Erik Bedard gets the ball for Houston; he's 0-1 so far this season.
The visitors were +-240 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 9 at GTbets.eu for those preferring over under wagers.
The Red Sox - Astros odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Boston is rated No. 5 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 14 in the American League.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, Boston owns the No. 9 ranking for hits in the American League at 8.6 per game. By contrast, the Astros are rated No. 6 in the same category at 8.7 per game.
Defensively, Houston features the American League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.3 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the American League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.
The Astros were a 7-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -290 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Astros endured a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Red Sox on Thursday, with Philip Humber throwing 4 2/3 innings of 10-hit ball at Fenway Park.
Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-5
After a loss are 3-7
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Houston are 4-5
After a win are 7-3
A few Astros at Red Sox trends to consider:
Houston is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Boston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
Houston at Boston, Saturday, April 27