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MLB betting line favors Red Sox over Astros

Boston Red SoxHouston Astros
Aug 7, 8:10 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Odds

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The Houston Astros look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Red Sox arrive at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday.

The Astros will rely on Jarred Cosart to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Ryan Dempster will be his counterpart for the Red Sox. Jarred Cosart is 1-0 this season, and Ryan Dempster is 6-8.

View Boston vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Astros in this matchup found them as +168 underdogs on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 9 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Astros, most recently No. 15 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Red Sox, who rate an American League No. 2 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 13 ranked American League offense (3.8 runs per game) against a Red Sox defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the American League at 4.1 runs allowed per game. The Astros have been averaging 7.9 hits per game, less than the Red Sox have managed so far this season (9.5 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the American League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

Boston won its last outing, a 15-10 result against the Astros on August 6. Bettors who backed the Red Sox at -171 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (25) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Red Sox grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jordan Lyles and the Astros 15-10 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Kansas City are 5-5
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 2-8
After playing Boston are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Red Sox at Astros trends to consider:
Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
Boston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games on the road
Houston is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games at home
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Kansas City, Thursday, August 8
Houston home to Texas, Friday, August 9