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2019 MLB Season
(30-15) Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox (23-21)
Date: Saturday May 18, 2019
Time: 7:15 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA.
Projected Starters: Martin vs. Velazquez
MLB Moneyline Odds: Houston -110 / Boston +100
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Houston +130 / Boston -150
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 11.0
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Rick Porcello was cruising with a 1–0 lead before allowing the leadoff man to reach in the eighth and then serving up George Springer’s American League-leading seventeenth home run.
Rarely do you see a right-hander go over the bullpen in Fenway Park’s deep right field, which is what Springer did. The blast actually split the gap in right-center and ended Porcello’s night there. Houston tacked on one more run in a 3–1 win.
Gerrit Cole struck out seven in five scoreless innings. Houston’s bullpen gave Boston the lead in the sixth but hardened after that. Ryan Pressly’s 1-2-3 eighth inning gave him a Major League record thirty-ninth consecutive scoreless appearance. He’s gone thirty-eight innings without allowing a run, a run that hasn’t been matched in over ten years (Brad Ziegler with thirty-nine in 2008).
Boston Red Sox
Saturday night’s game doesn’t feature the big names in the starting pitching matchup that Friday night’s game did and as a result, the total is well into double-digits at eleven-flat.
Corbin Martin is a local kid, who grew up in Cypress and played at Texas A&M before going in the second round in 2017. He made his Major League debut on Sunday against the Rangers and won, striking out nine in five-and-a-third and giving up just three hits and two runs to a powerful Rangers lineup.
Hector Velazquez has thrown in a few different roles for the Red Sox over the last two-plus seasons but all he’s done is accumulate a 136 ERA+ in 137 innings. His WHIP suggests that number may be a tad high but he doesn’t give up more than a hit per inning and doesn’t walk many, either.
In two games against the Astros in his career, one start and one game finished, Velazquez has thrown five innings, given up three hits, and walked three without a run to his name.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- HOU are 21-6 in their last 27 Sat. games.
- HOU are 52-21 in their last 73 games on grass.
- HOU are 62-28 in their last 90 overall.
- Over is 7-1-1 in BOS last 9 Sat. games.
- BOS are 12-4 in their last 16 overall.
- BOS are 12-4 in their last 16 games on grass.
- Head to Head: Over is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings in Boston.
- Head to Head: Over is 34-16-1 in the last 51 meetings.
Free Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Prediction: under.
I incorrectly played the over on Friday night. I’m going back to the total and tabbing the under in a game between two starting pitchers who won’t last deep into the game but could both be effective for four or five innings before turning things over to the bullpens.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 11.0
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 4 – Boston 5
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