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2021 MLB Handicapping
(32-21) Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros (29-24)
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX.
Projected Pitchers: Pivetta (BOS), Valdez (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: BOS +120 | HOU -140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: BOS -170 | HOU +150
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.0 (Under -115)
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox lost another in Houston on Tuesday, 5–1 the final.
Garrett Richards didn’t have his best stuff and walked another four batters for the third consecutive start. That said, he got through six with just two earned runs to his name.
The Red Sox made two errors in the field and another miscue that didn’t officially go down as one. They were also stymied by Houston’s rookie starting pitcher Luis Garcia.
Garcia went seven and gave up just five hits, a walk, and one run. He struck out six.
He, and Houston’s two relief pitchers, who each threw a perfect inning, kept Boston’s middle of the lineup in check. JD Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, and Rafael Devers finished 0-for-12 combined.
The Astros, meanwhile, got a leadoff home run from Jose Altuve and never gave up the lead, scoring again the fourth, and three more times in the seventh when Boston’s defense proved to be kind.
Otherwise, the big news was the return of both Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez to the lineup. Gurriel went hitless with a walk but Alvarez finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Altuve walked three times in addition to his home run and Kyle Tucker laced three base-hits for Houston, which has its first three-game winning streak since the middle of May.
Two young starters have already won games in this series for Houston, Jose Urquidy first and then Garcia. Now, Framber Valdez gets his shot from the left side.
Valdez made his first start of the season last week after recovering from a fractured finger he suffered at the start of Spring Training. He allowed two hits, two walks, and one run in four innings of work (72 pitches) against the Padres.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Red Sox are 6-1 in their last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Astros are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
- Over is 8-3 in Red Sox last 11 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Over is 20-5-1 in Astros last 26 overall.
- Head to Head: Red Sox are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
- Head to Head: Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Free Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: under.
Valdez finished the final five innings in his postseason debut in the Wildcard Round a year ago. He made three more starts after that and looked terrific in each appearance.
He doesn’t throw hard but he mixes and matches with wonderful command of both sides of the plate from the left side, a bit of a throwback to another era.
Given Boston’s recent offensive struggles, it could be another long night against the 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic.
But don’t count out Nick Pivetta, who has battled in each and every one of his ten starts this season and has a 6–0 record to show for it.
He struck out a season-high nine in his last start against Atlanta and showed some improved velocity.
Both starters should get the best of the opposing offense in this one.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 9.0
After cashing both the Astros and the under last night, we’re going back to the under well. Both teams average over five runs per game but the quality pitching on both sides, both in the starting pitching matchup and in the bullpen, should hold this one under.
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