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Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Picks, Predictions, Odds

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Betting Analysis

The Red Sox visit the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Monday, August 1, 2022 for the first of a three-game series.

The Red Sox are currently in fifth place in the American League East standings with a 51-52 record. Away from Fenway Park, Boston owns a 25-25 mark. Boston sits 18 games behind the New York Yankees for the top spot in the division. The Astros currently lead the American League West with a record of 67-36 overall and 33-15 at home.

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Betting Prediction

The Red Sox send RHP Nathan Eovaldi to the hill against Houston’s 14th ranked scoring offense on Monday night (4.48 RSPG), who’s having his worst campaign since his first full season with Boston, considering he’s 4-3 with a 4.43 ERA across 15 starts on the year (1.25 WHIP), which already includes a miserable outing against the Astros (1.2 IP, 6 ER).

On the flip side, the Astros send RHP Luis Garcia to the mound against Boston’s 11th ranked scoring offense tonight (4.54 RSPG), who’s having another solid campaign for Houston sitting 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA across 18 starts this season (1.08 WHIP), which already includes a lackluster outing against the Red Sox (4 IP, 3 ER).

I’ll back Houston to cover here, as Garcia has tossed five innings or more and allowed two runs or less in nine of his last 14 outings for the Astros (3.71 ERA, 1.11 WHIP); likely presenting an uphill battle for the Red Sox and Eovaldi, who’s 1-3 with a 5.17 ERA across seven career starts against Houston (1.43 WHIP).

Score Prediction: Astros 7, Red Sox 4
Best Bet: Astros -1.5 (+120)

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Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Betting Odds

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros Betting Resources

  • Date: Monday, August 1, 2022
  • Matchup: AL East vs. AL West
  • Venue: Minute Maid Park
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Time-TV: 8:10 p.m. ET – ESPN

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros – Current Form

Boston split its series against the Guardians, 2-2, but then fell to Milwaukee in their following matchup. Their best performance was on Monday, when they limited the Guardians to one run in the first contest of a four-game series. Their worst performance in the last seven games was allowing nine runs on Saturday, in the second match of the series played against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Houston fell to the Oakland Athletics 3-0, but captured its series against the Mariners on Sunday. The Mariners scored only one run against the Houston Astros on Friday, which was Houston’s best result in the last two series. Houston cruised past the Seattle on Friday by plating 11 runs in the second of a game of their previous series.

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros – Pitching Matchup

Boston: Nathan Eovaldi (4-3, 4.43 ERA)

Nathan Eovaldi takes the hill for the Red Sox in this contest as he makes his 15th start of the season hoping to build some positive momentum. He comes in 4-3 with a 4.43 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, 14 walks and 80 strikeouts over 81.1 innings of work this season. Eovaldi received a no-decision in his most recent start against Cleveland, as Boston’s right-hander surrendered five runs on nine hits, and one strikeout during the Red Sox’ 6-7 home loss on July 27, 2022. Pitching on the road this season, Eovaldi is 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, six walks and 49 strikeouts over 45.2 innings in eight starts.

Houston: Luis Garcia (8-6, 3.81 ERA)

The Astros’ right-hander Luis Garcia owns a 8-6 record and 3.81 ERA in his 18th start of the season. Garcia also posted a 1.08 WHIP, while striking out 107 and walking 31 batters in 99.1 innings this season. Garcia lost his most recent start against Oakland Athletics, as Houston’s right-hander surrendered four runs on four hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts during the Astros’ 5-3 road loss on July 26, 2022. Garcia owns a home record of 6-2 this season, in nine starts at Minute Maid Park. In those outings, he has posted a 4.89 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 14 walks, and 57 strikeouts in 49.2 innings of work.

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros – Series History

In the 13 encounters between this pair during the 2021 campaign, the Astros posted a winning 9-4 mark. The Red Sox continued their dominance of the Astros this season by claiming a second win in three matchups.

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