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2017 ALDS Game 2: (0-1) Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros (1-0)
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.
Projected Pitchers: Drew Pomeranz vs. Dallas Keuchel
MLB Moneyline Odds: Boston +150 / Houston -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Boston -150 / Houston +130
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5 (Over -110 / Under -110)
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Chris Sale did not look good on Thursday evening and now Red Sox Nation is panicking.
Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve each homered in a two-run first inning in Houston in Game 1. Altuve finished with three home runs and Sale gave up six runs without a single quick and easy inning.
Offensively, Boston had Justin Verlander on the ropes early on. The Red Sox scored in the second and third innings, but just one in each when it could have been more.
Jackie Bradley Jr. grounded out in a big spot with two on and two out in a tie game in the top of the third inning. After that, Verlander settled down and went on to get through six innings en route to his sixth win in as many starts as an Astro.
Drew Pomeranz is under enormous pressure on Friday when these two teams resume the Divisional Round and begin a day full of all four playoff matchups.
Pom was Boston’s best starting pitcher in the second half of this season but that isn’t really saying much. Sale was shaky most of the way and Fister was inconsistent. Pomeranz claimed that title, almost by default.
Houston will come back with Dallas Keuchel, their original ace and one-time Cy Young Award winner.
Keuchel won the award in 2015, the last time the Astros were in the postseason. He struggled last season but came out of the gates in 2017 winning every start he was making. Keuchel cruised to 5–0 start in April and won all three of his decisions in May. Then the injury bug bit. Keuchel made just one start in both June and July.
He didn’t lose his until August, when he finished the month 2–3. He bounced back with a 3–2 September but let’s just say the Astros’ fans are happy their team acquired Justin Verlander.
That move allows Keuchel to start Game 2 without a lot of pressure. Houston has the one-game lead and the better back end to their starting rotation.
The Astros will be in ok shape if they do go to Boston tied 1–1. If Keuchel pitches them to a win in Game 2, though, they will have a complete stranglehold.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- BOS are 19-7 in their last 26 road games.
- Under is 7-3 in BOS last 10 games as an underdog.
- Under is 9-4-1 in BOS last 14 playoff road games.
- HOU are 11-2 in their last 13 home games.
- HOU are 10-2 in their last 12 Fri. games.
- HOU are 21-7 in their last 28 games as a favorite.
- Head to Head: Over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
Free Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: Keuchel out-pitches Pomeranz and Houston takes the 2–0 lead.
The Astros made a statement on Thursday that their bats will be the dominant force in this series. Pomeranz must be just a little shaky after seeing what happened to his guy Chris Sale. The Astros will win this game behind strong starting pitching and more of the same with the sticks.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston (-160)
And if Houston does indeed win this game, it will be thinking sweep against Doug Fister on Sunday. A second straight postseason appearance without as much as a win would leave a bad taste in the mouths of those in the Boston organization.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Boston 3 – Houston 7
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