Inside Scoop on the Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Baseball Odds Preview & TV InfoDate: Friday, July 03, 2015 Time: 7:10PM Venue: Fenway Park Opening Line: Boston -131
The Boston Red Sox (36-44) will try to tell you that they are still in the hunt for the AL East, but the fact of the matter is that they have shown very little to suggest that they can overhaul all 4 teams that are above them right now. The trade winds are already blowing in Beantown, with Clay Buchholz the name that is most frequently mentioned. If Boston does decide to move him, they will effectively be telling everyone that they believe their season to be over. Buchholz has been the most consistent starter for the Red Sox, and he always seems to give them a chance to win. The Red Sox are on a better than average run of form right now, but still find themselves 7 games out of the top spot. It will be Justin Masterson (3-2, 5.58 ERA) who will get the ball for Boston on Friday. He had a very good outing in his last start versus the Rays, grabbing the win in the process. Bit by bit, the Houston Astros (47-34) are beginning to open up a pretty sizeable lead atop the AL West. They are now 5 games up on the Angels, and look to be entering a run of form that could well see that gap get a little wider by the time the All-Star Break rolls around. The Astros snapped out of a mediocre run of games to reel off 4-straight, which included a 3-game sweep of the high flying Kansas City Royals. Inserting young shortstop Carlos Correa into the line-up is beginning to look like a stroke of genius, as the kid is quite simply tearing it up. The word is that the Astros are shopping for a starting pitcher, but right now, this looks like a team that is good enough as is. Dan Straily has been recalled to the majors and is slated to get his first start of the season on Friday.
Edes: Sox should sit Porcello until after break http://t.co/6gBOIpFUu8— ESPNBoston (@ESPNBoston) July 1, 2015