Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Baseball Odds Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on July 2, 2015 in

As the trade deadline looms on the horizon, teams are starting to seriously think about what they might do to strengthen their squad for the second half of the season. The Houston Astros may be looking to tweak their line-up just a little, while it’s beginning to look as though the Boston Red Sox might be opening up a sellers stall. These two teams will hook up for a 3-game MLB betting series in Boston, with the first game set for Friday night.

Inside Scoop on the Houston Astros vs Boston Red Sox Baseball Odds Preview & TV Info

Date: 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.

Key Betting Trends

Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games

Consider This Before Placing Your Bets

Giving a guy his first start of the season on the mound might be a little concerning to some, but I think this Astros team is more than good enough to still get the job done against the Red Sox.