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Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Picks & Betting Tips – Astros To Take 2-0 Lead

  • Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros tips for Saturday, October 16
  • First pitch for ALCS Game 2 is slated for 16:20 ET at Minute Maid Park
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Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Picks & Betting Tips


Houston can win game and go up 2-0 in ALCS.

Houston has won 6 of 8 games against Boston this year, including all four games at Minute Maid Park.

  • Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite
  • Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 playoff home games
  • Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 League Championship home games
  • Red Sox are 5-14 in their last 19 games as a road underdog
  • Red Sox are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings against the Astros.
  • Red Sox are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston

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Houston scored four runs in the last to thee innings that the Astros batted to overcome an early two-run deficit. Eight of the ‘Stros nine hitters got a hit as the Astros outhit the Red Sox 11-10.

Houston has won three of the last four meetings against Boston and leads the season series 6-2
The Astros, who have won all four games at Minute Maid Park, have outscored the Red Sox 47-29 in the series.

Six of the eight games in the series were decided by three or more runs.

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Boston’s three-game winning streak was snapped with the loss to Houston on Friday.

The Red Sox, who are 4-2 in the postseason, have won 3 of 4 games and are 8-3 in their last 11.

The Red Sox are 43-39 on the road this year.

Boston started the postseason with a 6-2 home victory over New York Yankees in the AL Wild Card game. 

The Red Sox lost Game 1 of the ALDS in Tampa Bay in 5-0 but they ran off three straight wins. Boston took Game 2 in Tampa (14-6) and then took Game 3 (6-4) as well as Game (6-5) at Fenway Park.

Boston’s offense averages 6.0 runs with a slash line of  .322/.370/.542 in six games this postseason.

The Red Sox pitching staff has compiled a 4.32 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a .227 BAA this postseason.

Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has been very good this postseason although he has only thrown 10.1 innings in two starts. The 31-year-old has allowed seven hits and three runs with the biggest problem being the long-ball, which he has given up two.

Eovaldi, who has held given up 3 or fewer runs in 11 of his last 12 outings, is 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.79 WHIP over 32.2 innings of work in eight games (4 starts).   

Eovaldi was shelled in his only start against Houston this year, permitting 11 hits – including 1 home run -- and 5 runs along with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in a 8-3 loss. 

3B Rafael Devers, who has multiple hits in each of his last two games, went 2-for-5 on Friday and has a slash line of .320/.414/.560 this postseason. He is on a five-game hitting streak.

CF Kiki Hernandez went 4-for-5 with a home run, 1 home run and two runs on Friday and has a slash line of .500/.500/1.071 this postseason. He has hit safely in five of six games.

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Houston’s victory over the Boston on Friday was its second straight and improved the Astros record to 4-1 in the postseason.

The Astros have won 6 of 7 and are 8-3 over the last 11.

The “Stros have won 5 of 6 and are 54-30 at Minute Maid Park.

Houston won each of the games against Chicago by at least five runs, winning game 1 (6-1) and  game 2 (9-4) at home. The Astros fell on the road to the White Sox 12-6 in Game 3 before taking Game 4 (10-1).

Right-hander Luis Garcia has been beaten up the last two starts, surrendering five hits – one home run – and five runs while walking three and striking out three over 2.2 innings of work.

Garcia, who has given up three long-balls over his last two starts, owns a 9.64 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in 4.2 career innings of postseason work.

Garcia held the Red Sox to five hits and one run over 7 innings while also recording 1 walk and 6 strikeouts on June 1.   

Houston’s offense averages 7.2 runs with a slash line of .298/ .376/.450 in five games this postseason.
The Astros’ pitching staff has compiled a 4.30 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and .290  BAA in the postseason.

SS Carlos Correa, who has five hits over his last two games, went 3-for-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 run on Friday night. He is hitting .471/.571/.765 this postseason.

CF Chas McCormack, who is on a five-game hitting streak, went 3-for-4 with 1 run scored on Friday. He has a slash line of .556/..583/.556 in three playoff games.

Verdict

Houston has been outstanding at home this season and its offense has been terrific this postseason. While Eovaldi has been amazing in his his two postseason starts this year, he has struggled on the road (4.21 ERA) this season and the Astros – led by Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve – have teed off on him over his career.
 
Garcia, who has been battered in his last two outings, has pitched well at Minute Maid Park and has had success in limited opportunities against Red Sox hitters over his career.

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