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Could Boston's AL East Celebration Make Astros a Good Play?

Fresh off clinching the American League East, the Red Sox might have a little trouble getting out of bed for their final game of the regular season – especially with no more motivation left to win. That said, the Astros are locked into their position as well with the Indians clinching the best record in the American League on Saturday.

  • The Red Sox are 0-2 SU and on the runline in 2 games started by Hector Velazquez this season.
  • Collin McHugh has a 5.05 ERA in 7 road starts this season.
  • The Red Sox have hit a combined .421 against McHugh in 95 total at-bats.

So, who has the edge in this pointless game? It’s tough to say but it’s hard not to like the Astros given how hot their offense has been and how hungover the BoSox could be after their celebrations last night.

The ‘Stros also have the edge on the starting bump. Although he’s been destroyed by Boston batters in his career (4.76 ERA), McHugh has been solid down the stretch and he’ll want to prove that he deserves some run in the postseason.

If you can find some decent value on the Astros runline today, go ahead and take it.

Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

93-68 Boston battles the Astros, currently with a 100-61 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Houston injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Boston Red Sox rated this week at No. 4 and the Houston Astros sitting at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has baseball's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.98 hits per game. The Houston Astros average 9.78 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the list.

Defensively, Houston features the No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.63 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 15 at home, scoring 4.8 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Astros endured a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Red Sox on Saturday, with L McCullers throwing 4.1 innings of 6-hit ball at Fenway Park.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Boston is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
  • Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
  • Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston home to Boston, Thursday, October 5th