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Will Astros Wake From Nightmare Start?

Colby Rasmus Houston Astros MLB

After a postseason appearance in 2015, plenty of folks tabbed the Houston Astros for big things in the 2016 season. The way they have started, however, has many thinking twice about those lofty expectations. The bats may have woken from a dormant start (by their standards) after a big win against the Boston Red Sox Saturday and they’ll look for that momentum to continue as the two wrap up a three-game set at Minute Maid Park Sunday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Red Sox are 2-5 SU in their last seven games overall.
  • The Astros are 0-4 SU in their last four games vs. a left-handed starter.
  • OVER was 5-0 in Owens’ last five road starts in 2015.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Astros as -120 in moneyline markets while the Sox come in at EVEN odds. The total is currently tabbed at 9 with both sides priced at -115.

The Astros won 8-3 Saturday to improve their surprising record to just 6-12. Colby Rasmus smacked his sixth home run of the season and drove in five runs to pace the Stros in the victory that also snapped a four-game losing skid.

Pitching has been a big issue for the Astros as they’ve given up the most runs in the American League entering Sunday’s action (89).

Scott Feldman is scheduled to toe the slab for the Astros Sunday night. In three starts this season, Feldman is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.

Henry Owens looks set to get the start for the Red Sox after being called up from Pawtucket to replace the injured Joe Kelly. Owens was 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 11 starts in 2015 and is one of the more prized pitching possessions in the Sox’s system.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those betting on the visitors in this one found the Boston Red Sox listed as underdogs of 124 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, check for odds updates at MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 5.0-4.6 win for the Red Sox on Sunday. 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 bring a 6-12 record to the battle against the 8-9 Red Sox. 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. 13 and the Boston Red Sox sitting at No. 22.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has baseball's No. 18-rated offensive output, at 7.89 hits per game. The Boston Red Sox average 9.41 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the No. 23-rated road mark, allowing 4.71 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 19 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Red Sox endured a 8-3 loss at the hands of the Astros on Saturday, with C Buchholz throwing 5.2 innings of 6-hit ball at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games on the road
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
  • Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games at home
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Atlanta, Monday, April 25th
Houston at Seattle, Monday, April 25th