MLB Saturday: Red Sox vs Astros

Houston Astros Baseball

Red Sox Look to Even Series Tonight

The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros meet in Game Two of their MLB series on Saturday night. The game will be played at Minute Made Park. David Price faces them for the first time since ending his postseason victory drought against them in October.

Price had nine strikeouts and allowed three hits over six scoreless innings in that outing. He picked up the win in the clinching Game 5 as the Red Sox won the American League Championship Series. They eliminated the Astros en route to capturing the World Series title.

TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, FOX; LINE: Astros -127; O/U: 8.5 Over -120.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH David Price (2-2, 3.29 ERA) vs. Astros RH Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.59)

Price was 0-9 in postseason play prior to his memorable ALCS win. With that in the rear-view mirror, he will look to help Boston rebound from Friday’s 4-3 loss in the opener of the three-game series. Roberto Osuna converted his 25th consecutive save opportunity. The save broke the Astros’ franchise record set in 2005 by Brad Lidge. Houston won the opener despite recording just four hits. An important one was Jake Marisnick’s solo homer. The Red Sox received solo shots from Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vasquez. J.D. Martinez went 0-for-3 with a walk after missing the previous four games with a back injury. Boston lost for the second time in their last six contests.

This, That, and a Dart Throw

The Red Sox‘ Price returned from a stint on the injured list due to elbow issues. He pitched well enough to defeat Toronto on Monday. He gave up two unearned runs and three hits over five innings. Price was removed after 67 pitches. Price is 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 12 career regular-season appearances against the Astros. He has enjoyed success against Josh Reddick, who is 0-for-11, and George Springer, who is 5-for-24 with one homer and 14 strikeouts.

The Astros‘ Peacock has won three straight starts. He has allowed one run and eight hits with 24 strikeouts in 17 innings during that stretch. He gave up two hits over five scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in his last outing. He rung up nine strikeouts without issuing a walk. Peacock is 1-2 with an 8.36 ERA in five career appearances against Boston. Springer (hamstring) departed in the eighth inning of the opener. This was his first appearance since sitting out four straight games due to back soreness. Manager A.J. Hinch told reporters the following after the game: “I’m not looking forward to the diagnosis, to be honest.” RHP Ryan Pressly served up a homer to Bradley in the eighth inning on Friday. That snapped his major league-record streak of 40 straight scoreless appearances dating back to August.

The Dart Throw: Astros 5, Red Sox 3

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MLB Saturday Betting Odds & Trends

Boston Red Sox
Boston is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Boston is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Boston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Boston is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing Houston
Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston’s last 11 games when playing on the road against Houston
Houston Astros
Houston is 14-2 ATS in its last 16 games
Houston is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 9 games
Houston is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games at home
Houston is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games at home
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing Boston
Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston’s last 11 games when playing at home against Boston

Next up:
Astros home to Red Sox on Sunday, May 26

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