The struggling Houston Astros were expected to be an elite title contender this season, but they’ve struggled out of the gate. Now, the ‘Stros will look to get back on track on Friday night when they host the visiting Boston Red Sox in a matchup between AL World Series hopefuls. Let’s find out which team will win this MLB betting lines contest.
How To Bet The Red Sox (7-7) @ Astros (5-10) MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, April 22 – 8:10 PM EST
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: NESN, ROOT SPORTS Southwest
Probable Starters: Boston: TBD vs. Astros:Collin Mchugh (1-2)
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the Boston Red Sox
Boston looks like a solid bet because they’ve been solid on the road this year. Despite not naming a starter for this matchup, the Red Sox were 3-2 in five road games heading into Thursday night. The bad news is that the BoSox have lost three straight against Houston and five of the last seven meetings overall.
Why Bet the Houston Astros
The Astros are a good bet because they’re playing at home, Houston has gone 3-4 in seven home dates at the time of this writing, but had lost two straight heading into Thursday night. Houston will hand the ball to right-hander Collin McHugh in this contest looking for a better outing than they got in his last start.
After giving up five earned runs in just one-third of an inning in his first start of the season, on April 6 at the Yankees, McHugh tossed seven shutout innings against Kansas City in his second start. Unfortunately, McHugh was smacked around for four earned runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings of a 5-3 loss on Saturday.
My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
It’s kind of tough to back the Boston Red Sox in this contest seeing as how they’ve yet to name a starter for this match up. Still, with Houston’s Collin McHugh getting smacked around in two of his three starts this season, this game will likely come down to the better hitting ball club. For me, the best wager for this pairing is to take the Over.
The Over is 4-0 in Boston’s last four games against teams from the AL West and 5-1 in their last six road games. The Over is also 5-1 in Houston’s last half-dozen games against teams from the AL East and 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these rivals. Boston wins, but just narrowly.
My final score prediction: Boston 5 Houston 4