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Red Sox Have Not Won In October in Four Years

The Boston Red Sox are one of the great sports franchises. Whenever you hear the name, your mind instantly conjures up images of all-time greats of the game. However, the team has been struggling in the dying days of its season over the past several years. The BoSox have lost 11 consecutive games in the month of October and have not won during that calendar month since they won the World Series in 2013. Will this team reverse that trend and even up their ALDS with the Houston Astros on Friday?

Shark Bites
  • The Red Sox are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against the Astros.
  • The Astros are 18-7 SU in their last 25 games with Dallas Keuchel as the starting pitcher.
  • The Red Sox are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games with Drew Pomeranz as the starting pitcher.

The Red Sox will turn to Drew Pomeranz on the mound to end the drought. The lefty has been a solid arm in the rotation for the BoSox with a 3.01 ERA since the all-star game. Pomeranz actually faced the Astros in his most recent start when he pitched a gem, allowing just one run in 6.0 innings.

The ’Stros will counter with ace Dallas Keuchel. The southpaw enters the postseason rolling with a 2.87 ERA and four quality starts in his past five outings. Keuchel has only rarely faced off against the Red Sox in his career with the most recent coming on May 12, 2016 when he surrendered 10 hits and eight earned runs.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting oddsmakers, including BetOnline, opened the Houston Astros as -165 moneyline favorites in this matchup. OVER/UNDER totals bettors saw the number open at 8 at shops such as Bovada.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Astros to win this game 4.4-4.2. 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 102-61 heading into this matchup, while the Boston Red Sox sit at 93-70 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. 9.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Houston Astros' No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.55 runs per game, against a Boston Red Sox offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4.83 runs per game. The Astros have averaged 9.78 hits per game to date this season, more than the Red Sox hitters have managed (8.96 per nine innings).

Defensively, Boston features the No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.99 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 at home, scoring 4.91 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Red Sox endured an 8-2 loss at the hands of the Astros on Thursday, with Chris Sale throwing 5 innings of 9-hit ball at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Boston's last 16 games on the road
  • Houston is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games
  • Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games
  • Houston is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Houston, Sunday, October 8