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2021 MLB Handicapping: ALCS Game 3
(1-1) Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox (1-1)
Date: Monday, October 18th, 2021
Time: 8:08 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Projected Pitchers: Jose Urquidy (HOU) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros +100 Red Sox -120 (Bet Now!)
MLB run line Betting Odds: Astros +1.5, Red Sox -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9
The Astros will be in Boston to take on the Red Sox for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The first pitch is set for 8:08 ET.
Jose Urquidy is going for the Astros and Eduardo Rodriguez is going for the Red Sox.
Boston evened the series by winning 9-5 in game 2.
The Astros will look to bounce back after a tough loss in game 1. They did not play up to their standard in game 1.
Saturday was definitely an off day for Houston, but I do not sense any panic in the team. I would not be surprised to see them put forth a strong effort on Monday.
In game 2, you never felt like the Astros had a chance because it was 8-0 before you knew it. I am sure they will look to get an early lead and tack on as the game goes on in Game 2.
Luis Garcia went 1 inning and allowed 5 earned runs on Saturday and then left the game because of an injury. Jake Odorizzi replaced him and he went 4 innings and allowed 4 earned runs.
Jose Urquidy will be called upon for the third game of the series. He did not pitch at all during the White Sox series, so we will see how he does in this one. He is going to have his hands full for sure.
The pitching, which had been very good throughout the playoffs, really struggled on Saturday. They did not seem to have any answers for the Red Sox who hit two grand slams.
The offense did make a little rally in the loss, but it was too little too late. They will look to score runs earlier on Monday.
Houston did hit a few solo homers in the last inning, but they turned out to not mean that much.
Boston Red Sox
After losing a tough one on Friday, the Red Sox did exactly what they had to do on Saturday. It has to be a confidence booster because this is a team that did not play great against Houston this year.
They will look to keep up their good play as the series now shifts back to Boston. The Red Sox have played quite well at their home park in the playoffs so far.
Boston did a good job of flushing what happened on Friday. It was clear they were in attack mode during Game 2 of the series.
Nathan Eovaldi once again pitched well in the postseason. On Saturday, he went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 earned runs. He did a good job against a tough Astros lineup.
Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball on Monday. He was very good in his last start against the Rays and he will look to build off of that on Monday.
For the most part, the pitching was good in game 2. Darwinzon Hernandez made things interesting in the 9th inning with 2 solo homers, but that was about it. They will look to build off of that for Monday.
The offense for this team just continues to produce. When they are locked in, opposing pitchers do not want to face that lineup.
The home run ball definitely helped this team on Saturday. Both JD Martinez and Rafael Devers had grand slams.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- The Astros are 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
- The Astros are 0-4 in their last 4 games as a road underdog.
- The Red Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 games when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- The Red Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- The Red Sox are 7-0 in their last 7 games as a right-handed starter.
Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Prediction:
So far, this series has been very good. You have two very good teams going at each other and not giving in. It will be interesting to see who gets the series back in their favor.
Boston never seems like they are rattled. After losing a tough one in game 1, they did a good job of bouncing back. That has been a calling card of this team in 2021.
Saturday got out of control quickly with the grand slams. With that said, I do not see that happening again. I look for the Red Sox to show out strong in front of their home crowd and get a close win in Game 3.
I will go with the Red Sox as slight home favorites.
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