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2017 ALDS Game 3: (2-0) Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox (0-2)
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA.
Projected Pitchers: Brad Peacock vs. Doug Fister
MLB Moneyline Odds: Houston -140 / Boston +120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Houston +115 / Boston -135
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5 (Over -120 / Under -100)
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Nothing has yet to take place that has gone against the Houston Astros. Right from the first inning of Game 1, Houston has had a lead and the momentum in the series.
Boston will have one more chance to shift the LDS with Game 3 coming back to Fenway Park.
The problem for Boston is that this is the point in the series where Houston was supposed to have the advantage in the pitching department. The Astros’ back end of the starting rotation is better than Boston’s, which has had questions just about the entire season.
Doug Fister will start on Sunday afternoon. He ended up being the best option John Farrell has, facing elimination. Fister will have to get the ball sinking early and often and keep Houston in the ballpark, something neither Chris Sale, nor Drew Pomeranz were able to do in Houston.
The Astros hit six home runs in the first two games at Minute Maid Park. All six of the bombs came from the first four batters in the lineup: Springer, Bregman, Altuve and Correa. Those guys don’t just have power to put it out of Houston, their power will play in Boston, and everywhere else.
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The Red Sox, meanwhile, haven’t flexed any muscle and have only been able to score a measly two runs in each game by stringing together singles.
That just won’t work against a team like the Astros, who can put the ball over the fence and put three runs on the board with one pitch.
It starts with Fister throwing a scoreless top of the first. Houston has homered in the first in each of the first two games and has seized momentum in both situations. If Fister can put a zero on the board right away, it will give Boston a chance to take an early lead and fast start.
The Red Sox are faced with the daunting task of winning three games in a row, including a Game 5 in Houston and they have to take things on inning at a time. Hopefully being swept last season will give Boston a realistic short-term goal: win Game 3. There is always a chance things can turn in the new city but it starts with a simple lead. The Red Sox must start fast.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- HOU are 7-1 in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 7-1 in HOU last 8 games following a win.
- Over is 8-2 in HOU last 10 on grass.
- Under is 13-3 in BOS last 16 Sun. games.
- Over is 7-2 in BOS last 9 on grass.
- Over is 7-2 in BOS last 9 overall.
- Over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Boston.
- Over is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
Free Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: the Astros complete a sweep.
This one looks like it’s over; a lot of Boston fans certainly think it is. They have seen their team be dominated in the first two games and the memories of a sweep are still fresh in their minds from last year.
For a stretch earlier this season, it would be unimaginable that Doug Fister would be starting an elimination game but he earned it down the stretch. And if his sinker is sinking, it’s possible he is the best option Boston has at this point.
But that’s if everything goes right. There’s a lot better chance that Houston continues to rake and gets to Fister before feasting on the Red Sox’ bullpen one final time. Brad Peacock might not be as good as either Verlander or Keuchel in Houston but the bullpen is well-rested and it’s hard to imagine Boston lighting anybody up going station to station.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston (-140)
This price is inflated but there just isn’t another play. Boston looks burried and Houston looks primed to give Cleveland the best series of anybody in the postseason field. It looks extremely unlikely this one gets back to Houston, or even extends past the weekend.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 5 – Boston 4
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