Brett Oberholtzer out to silence Red Sox bats in MLB contest

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Aug 5, 8:10 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Odds

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The Houston Astros battle the visiting Boston Red Sox on Monday in MLB betting action at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros will rely on Brett Oberholtzer to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while John Lackey will be his counterpart for the Red Sox. Brett Oberholtzer is 1-0 this season, and John Lackey is 7-8.

View Boston vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Houston was a +185 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at Sportsbook, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook settle on an Sportsbook over under number of 9.

Power Rankings:
The Astros - Red Sox odds would favor the Red Sox if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Houston is rated No. 15 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 2 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Houston owns the No. 15 ranking for hits in the American League at 7.9 per game. By contrast, the Red Sox are rated No. 2 in the same category at 9.5 per game.

Houston owns the American League's No. 15 defense, allowing 5.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Boston's American League No. 7-rated defense.

The Red Sox were a 4-0 Sportsbook in their most recent outing at home against the Diamondbacks. That made Sportsbooks of bettors who got Boston at -210 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. Felix Doubront silenced the Diamondbacks bats in a 4-0 victory last time out versus Arizona at Fenway Park.

Houston lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Twins on August 4. Bettors who backed the Twins at -169 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Astros starter, Brad Peacock, was terrific in striking out 10 Minnesota batters last time out, but Houston still lost 3-2 on Sunday at Target Field.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Houston are 9-1
After playing Arizona are 9-1
After a win are 4-6

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Red Sox at Astros trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Boston's last 19 games
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Houston, Tuesday, August 6

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