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ALDS Game 2: Astros Look to Go up 2-0 on Red Sox

ALDS Game 2

Good Pitching Matchup in ALDS Game 2

The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros will play on Friday when they meet at Minute Maid Park. This ALDS Game 2 matchup will start at 2:05 pm EST. Fox Sports 1 has the telecast.

Oddsmakers have the Astros as -185-moneyline favorites and the total is at 8.

Drew Pomeranz will be the starting pitcher for the Red Sox on this day. Left hander Pomeranz is 17-6 this season with a 3.32 ERA.

Pomeranz was on the hill when Boston clinched the AL East on Sept. 30 against the Astros. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a 6-3 victory.

Pomeranz did not factor in the decision in a 2-1 win over the Astros on June 16. He allowed just one run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA over 12 career games against Houston.

Today’s game will mark the third career postseason appearance for Pomeranz. Today is his first start. He worked out of the bullpen for the Red Sox in the 2016 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians.

ALDS Game 2 sees Keuchel in Prime Form

It’ll be Dallas Keuchel toeing the rubber for the Astros in this contest. Left hander Keuchel is 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA so far this season.

 

The 2015 Cy Young Award winner had to take a backseat when Houston acquired right-hander Justin Verlander on Aug. 31.  Keuchel was forced to give up his position as the face of the rotation. It was not an insult to give it up to the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner.

That shift was confirmed when Verlander earned the nod for Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The move bumping Keuchel to Game 2 on Friday at Minute Maid Park. Verlander pitched well in the 8-2 Astros victory.

Keuchel labored to recover from midseason neck discomfort. He found his stride down the stretch of the season. He went 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA during his final three starts. In three career appearances against the Red Sox, Keuchel is 0-1 with a 9.88 ERA.

Pitching at Minute Maid Park is meaningful for Keuchel. He is 36-21 with a 2.94 ERA at home in his career. He finished 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA at Minute Maid Park in 2015. In the his ALDS start against the Kansas City Royals, he allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a 4-2 victory.

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Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Boston 93-70 $53.00 18-19 75-51 76-53 17-17 70-85-8 0.68
Houston 102-61 $1,157.00 22-24 80-37 98-52 4-9 82-72-9 1.24
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
D Pomeranz (17-6) ERA: 3.32
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 30, 2017 HOU W 6-3 P 6 $101.00
Sep 25, 2017 TOR L 4-6 O 2 -$100.00
Sep 19, 2017 BAL W 1-0 U 6.1 $101.00
D Keuchel (14-5) ERA: 2.90
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 26, 2017 TEX W 14-3 O 6 $70.00
Sep 21, 2017 CHW L 1-3 U 6 -$100.00
Sep 16, 2017 SEA W 8-6 O 6 $51.00
Bullpen
Boston’s relievers have pitched 11 innings in the last 3 games.
Houston’s relievers have pitched 9.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Boston Red Sox – D Pomeranz

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Sep 30, 2017 6-3 BOS 6 3 1 1 2 3 Win
Jun 16, 2017 2-1 BOS 6.1 4 1 1 3 4 No Decision
May 18, 2015 2-1 OAK 4.1 2 1 1 5 2 No Decision
Apr 26, 2015 7-6 HOU 5 6 5 3 3 4 No Decision
Apr 15, 2015 6-1 HOU 5 6 4 4 1 5 Loss
Houston Astros – D Keuchel
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
May 12, 2016 11-1 BOS 6 10 8 8 3 4 Loss
Aug 15, 2014 5-3 HOU 7 6 3 3 3 8 No Decision

ALDS Game 2 Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 4.83 10 4.31 9
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.88 7 4.01 5
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 5.55 1 4.15 5
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.91 12 3.99 4

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Oct 5, 2017 BOS 2 HOU 8 -130 7 O Chris Sale (L) Justin Verlander (R) 8 12 2 2 6 8
Oct 1, 2017 HOU 4 BOS 3 122 8.5 U Collin McHugh (R) Hector Velazquez (R) 8 7 4 1 11 12
Sep 30, 2017 HOU 3 BOS 6 101 9 P Lance McCullers Jr. (R) Drew Pomeranz (L) 8 10 4 4 8 12
Sep 29, 2017 HOU 3 BOS 2 102 9.5 U Charlie Morton (R) Doug Fister (R) 6 5 3 3 8 9
Sep 28, 2017 HOU 12 BOS 2 -101 9 O Brad Peacock (R) Eduardo Rodriguez (L) 17 6 6 3 10 5
Jun 18, 2017 BOS 6 HOU 5 -118 9 O David Price (L) Joe Musgrove (R) 8 14 2 6 10 8
Jun 17, 2017 BOS 1 HOU 7 -111 9 U Rick Porcello (R) David Paulino (R) 3 11 1 1 6 5
Jun 16, 2017 BOS 2 HOU 1 -126 9 U Drew Pomeranz (L) Mike Fiers (R) 7 6 2 5 6 6
May 15, 2016 HOU 9 BOS 10 105 10.5 O Chris Devenski (R) Sean O’Sullivan (R) 8 14 5 3 10 4
May 14, 2016 HOU 5 BOS 6 -121 10 O Collin McHugh (R) Clay Buchholz (R) 11 14 6 5 9 5

ALDS Game 2 Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Boston Red Sox

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 93-70 48-33 45-37 76-49 20-21 70-85-8 18-19 75-51
Last 10 4-6 2-5 2-1 3-2 1-4 5-4-1 0-2 4-4
vs Div 41-35 18-20 23-15 31-27 12-8 34-40-2 10-13 31-22
vs AL 77-66 39-32 38-34 60-47 19-19 64-74-5 18-19 59-47
vs NL 16-4 9-1 7-3 16-2 1-2 6-11-3 0-0 16-4

Houston Astros

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 102-61 49-33 53-28 98-49 9-10 82-72-9 22-24 80-37
Last 10 8-2 2-1 6-1 8-2 0-0 6-3-1 3-2 5-0
vs Div 50-26 24-15 26-11 49-23 3-2 34-38-4 11-10 39-16
vs AL 87-56 42-30 45-26 83-46 8-8 70-64-9 18-23 69-33
vs NL 15-5 7-3 8-2 15-3 1-2 12-8 4-1 11-4
Team Last 5 Games

Boston Red Sox

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 5, 2017 HOU 2-8 L 120 7 C Sale 5 J Verlander A
Oct 1, 2017 HOU 3-4 L 122 8.5 Hector Velazquez 4 C McHugh H
Sep 30, 2017 HOU 6-3 W 101 9 D Pomeranz 6 L McCullers H
Sep 29, 2017 HOU 2-3 L 102 9.5 Doug Fister 5.1 C Morton H
Sep 28, 2017 HOU 2-12 L -101 9 Eduardo Rodriguez 1.2 B Peacock H

Houston Astros

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 5, 2017 BOS 8-2 W -130 7 J Verlander 6 C Sale H
Oct 1, 2017 BOS 4-3 W -132 8.5 C McHugh 6 Hector Velazquez A
Sep 30, 2017 BOS 3-6 L -111 9 L McCullers 4.1 D Pomeranz A
Sep 29, 2017 BOS 3-2 W -112 9.5 C Morton 5.1 Doug Fister A
Sep 28, 2017 BOS 12-2 W -109 9 B Peacock 5 Eduardo Rodriguez A

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