Astros are Slight Favorites at the MLB Odds Against Red Sox

Posted by Eric Williams on Friday,June 1, 2018 12:32, EDT in

The red-hot Boston Red Sox will look to pick up the road win in game 2 of their four-game set when they take on the defending World Series champion Houston Astros on Friday night. If you’re looking to find out which team is offering the best betting value at the latest MLB odds for this AL matchup when it goes down live from Minute Maid Park in the Lone Star State, then let’s get to my expert MLB betting pick right now!

Boston (39-18) at Houston (36-22) MLB Odds & Expert Prediction

  • When: Friday, June 1, 2018, 8:10 PM ET
  • Where: Minute Maid Park
  • TV: NESN, ATSW
  • Radio: Boston 103.7 FM / Houston 850 AM
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • MLB Odds: Houston Astros -122 / Boston Red Sox +112 (Over/Under at 7)

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Runs: Boston Red Sox 3.90 / Houston Astros 5.50
  • Hits: Boston Red Sox 8.10 / Houston Astros 10.90
  • Walks: Boston Red Sox 2.80 / Houston Astros 4.20
  • Strike Outs: Boston Red Sox 8.80 / Houston Astros 8.40

Cubs vs. Mets Friday Night Game Info & MLB Betting Prediction

Starting Pitchers

  • Boston Red Sox: Chris Sale -L – (5-2, 2.76)
  • Houston Astros: Gerrit Cole -R – (5-1, 2.05)

Why Consider the MLB Odds for the Red Sox?

Why should you bet on Boston in game 2 of this series? There are several good reasons to back the BoSox in this contest. First, Boston has been playing excellent baseball in winning nine of their last 12 games coming into this contest. there’s also the fact that the Red Sox have been very good on the road this season (19-10).

Last but not least, they’ve got one of the best starting pitchers on the face of the planet taking the mound in this one in left-hander Chris Sale, the runner-up for the 2017 AL Cy Young award. The bad news is that Sale got rocked the last time he took the mound by giving up six earned runs on five hits and three walks in 4.1 innings of a 7-1 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 5.32
  • Hits: 9.35
  • Walks: 3.12
  • Strike Outs: 7.65

Defense

  • Runs: 3.79
  • Hits: 7.89
  • Walks: 3.05
  • Strike Outs: 9.88

Why Consider the MLB Odds for the Astros?

Why should you consider betting on Houston on Friday night? There are a handful of great reasons. Houston is a bit desperate to pick up some victories seeing as how they’ve gone 1-2 over their last three games and just 2-4 over their last six while dropping two of three against both, Cleveland and the New York Yankees prior to their 4-2 win over Boston on Thursday.

The Astros come in as the favorite at the MLB Odds for Friday Night.

Houston is playing at home where they’ve gone 17-11 this season and they have their own gifted hurler taking the mound in this one in veteran Gerrit Cole. The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in each of his last 10 starts while holding the opposition to two earned runs or less seven times during the stretch.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 4.95
  • Hits: 8.74
  • Walks: 3.40
  • Strike Outs: 8.48

Defense

  • Runs: 2.79
  • Hits: 6.66
  • Walks: 2.47
  • Strike Outs: 10.31

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Red Sox are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games
  • Red Sox are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games
  • Astros are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Astros are 15-7 SU in their last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games at home

Expert Analysis & Score Prediction

Boston has been outstanding all season long and they have the better record coming into this contest, but I believe the Houston Astros are the easy pick to pick up another victory in this contest as Gerrit Cole narrowly outduels Chris Sale and their bullpen makes a lead stand up.

The Astros have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. Houston has also gone 4-1 in Gerrit Cole’s last 5 home starts and an identical 5-1 in Cole’s last 6 starts overall. Boston is an uninspiring 1-4 in their last 5 road games against Houston and an identical 1-5 in the last 6 meetings against the Astros overall. This one should be a thriller.

Score: Boston Red Sox 2 – Houston Astros 4