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2021 MLB Handicapping
(33-26) Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox (37-23)
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, MA.
Projected Pitchers: Valdez (HOU), Perez (BOS)
MLB Moneyline Odds: HOU -115 | BOS -105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: HOU -215 | BOS +185
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
After salvaging their final game in a series with San Diego at the end of last month, Houston has won consecutive series against AL East opponents, including the Red Sox.
It was a week ago that the Astros held Boston to just four runs in three consecutive victories at Minute Maid Park. The Red Sox did get the fourth and final game in the set to avoid a sweep.
Houston then welcomed the Jays over the weekend. It roughed Toronto up on Friday and split the two weekend games for a second consecutive series victory. Now it’s on to Boston.
Framber Valdez will take the ball at the start after besting Boston last week with seven masterful innings in his second start of the year and first full 100-pitch outing following an injury he suffered right at the end of Spring Training.
Valdez has given up two runs in 11 innings on the year so far. He struck out ten to just two walks in that most recent victory over the Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox
Valdez will be opposed by Martin Perez, who pitched the Red Sox to their lone victory in that four-game set at Minute Maid.
Perez went 7.2 innings and gave up six hits, a walk, and no runs. It was his longest outing in over two years.
Boston’s starting rotation has been solid all around but Perez may be the best guy going. He has given up four runs just once this season (April 18 vs. CWS). Otherwise, he’s limited opponents to three runs twice, two runs four times, a run twice and nothing at all twice as well.
The Red Sox have also tightened things up since taking those first three games on the chin at Minute Maid. They haven’t lost since, salvaging that fourth game in Houston, sweeping the Yankees in the Bronx, and then beating Miami on Monday in a make-up spot.
The final three victories have come with JD Martinez out of the lineup after he hurt his wrist in the New York series. He’s missed three consecutive games but Alex Cora hinted he could be back for this series and should avoid an IL trip.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
- Red Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
- Red Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
- Over is 6-0 in Astros last 6 during game 1 of a series.
- Under is 7-2 in Red Sox last 9 during game 1 of a series.
- Head to Head: Astros are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
- Head to Head: Under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings.
Free Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Prediction: under.
Both these offenses are near the top of the Major Leagues in terms of runs scored per game but the total is strangely high in a matchup of two excellent starting pitchers.
The two lefties are quite similar, in fact. Both guys thrive on location and deception, rather than velocity. Valdez could very well have modeled his game after the older Perez.
Martinez may be back for Boston but he also may not. His status isn’t going to affect this play, however. Don’t overthink this one. The total is just too high in a game featuring two hot starters.
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