Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Picks, Predictions, Odds & Lines

For the first time since 2018, the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox meet in the American League Championship Series, with the Red Sox winning by a score of 4-1.The Astros will make their fifth consecutive trip to the ALCS after defeating the Blue Jays in six games during the 2018 ALCS. With a 3-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, they advanced to their first World Series since 2005.

Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Betting Odds & Line Movement

The Astros are -145 favorites at home in Game 1 of the ALCS, while the underdog Red Sox are +117. The total is 8 runs with the UNDER winning 7-3 in the previous 10 meetings between these two teams.

Notes On The  Boston Red Sox

On October 8, Framber Valdez made his first career start in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs over 4.1 innings in his final outing of the season, a loss to the Texas Rangers on October 31 (4).

The Kansas City Royals were swept by the Houston Astros in the 2018 American League Division Series. The ALCS is unlikely to feature ace Lance McCullers Jr., who is facing a suspension for his role in the 2017 trade that sent prospect Javy Guerra to Oakland. McCullers felt tightness in his right forearm Tuesday in Game 4 against the White Sox. In the event that Peacock is unable to go, Valdez will be expected to shoulder the load as Houston’s top pitcher.

On the offensive end, the Astros are on a roll. For an average of 7.75 runs per game in their four-game sweep of the White Sox, the Astros scored 31 runs in their series triumph. Kyle Tucker had a terrific ALDS, going 5 for 12 with two home runs and seven RBIs.The Astros had the best scoring attack in baseball this season, with 5.39 runs per game, and it has continued into the postseason.

Notes On The Houston Astros

Sale made just nine regular-season starts after returning from a lengthy rehabilitation following Tommy John surgery, going 7-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. In Game 2 of the ALCS, he gave up four hits and five earned runs in one inning of work.

The Red Sox were the underdogs going into the ALDS against the Rays, but they found a way to win a 3-1 series victory over baseball’s top squad. Boston rebounded from being blanked in Game 1 to win three straight games, outscoring Tampa Bay 26-15 during that time.JD Martinez and Christian Vazquez each homered, while Rafael Devers and Enrique Hernandez paced the offense with two long balls and six RBIs.

The Boston Red Sox are 8-2 in their last 10 games, with six or more runs scored in six of those wins. The Red Sox have made four consecutive ALCS appearances and won each time, most recently in 2018.

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Can The Boston Red Sox Win?

The Red Sox have their own potent hitters, but the key to the series will be limiting the Astros’ attack.Sale was shaky in his sole appearance in the postseason, but he appeared to be himself throughout the 2017 regular season. If he can replicate that form, the Boston has a reasonable chance of winning Game 1.

Can The Houston Astros Win?

The Astros have been the best offensive squad in baseball all season, and that has carried over to the postseason. There’s no need to believe that Houston’s heavyweights will have another field day against a shaky Sale for Boston.

Pick & Prediction: Boston Red Sox Moneyline +125

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