Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox
The Houston Astros open a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox. Many consider this a potential postseason preview. Gerrit Cole starts for the Astros while David Price takes the hill for the Red Sox.
Friday, September 7 at 7:10 PM ET
Wind: 4mph Blowing Out
Odds: Astros are -110-moneyline favorites. The total is 8.5 -110.
Cole dominates the Angels
Gerrit Cole (13-5, 2.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) allowed two earned runs on six hits in his last outing. He also had three walks with nine strikeouts in a 4-2 win against the Angels last Sunday.
Cole ranks 2nd in the American League with 243 strikeouts, 5th with 176 1/3 innings pitched, 5th with a 1.03 WHIP, 6th with a 2.86 ERA and and 9th with 13 wins.
The Astros have scored 695 runs (4th in the majors). They are putting up 4.96 runs per game (4th), hitting .256 (7th) with 181 home runs (10th).
Houston ranks 1st with a 3.08 ERA, 1st with a 1.09 WHIP and 1st with 1470 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 1st with a 2.93 ERA.
Alex Bregman leads the Astros with 29 home runs, 96 RBI, a .399 OBP and 156 hits. Evan Gattis has 25 home runs and 73 RBI and George Springer has 20 home runs and 63 RBI.
Price returns after missing a start
David Price (14-6, 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) missed a start after taking a liner off his wrist in his August 29 start. He gave up three earned runs on five hits (one home run). Price had no walks with three strikeouts over just three innings to get a no-decision in a 14-6 win against the Marlins.
The Red Sox have scored 766 runs (1st in the majors). They are putting up 5.43 runs per game (1st), hitting .268 (1st) with 182 home runs (8th).
Boston ranks 4th with a 3.62 ERA, 8th with a 1.24 WHIP and 3rd with 1355 strikeouts. Their bullpen ranks 6th with a 3.48 ERA.
J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 39 home runs, 115 RBI and 170 hits. Mookie Betts has 29 home runs, 71 RBI and team-bests with a .335 batting average and a .425 OBP.
The Houston Astros are:
20-6 in their last 26 road games against a left-handed starter
43-17 in their last 60 road games
57-25 in their last 82 when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game
27-12 in their last 39 Friday games
35-16 in their last 51 games following a win
57-27 in their last 84 after scoring five runs or more in their previous game
20-8 in Cole’s last 28 starts
7-3 in Cole’s last 10 starts after allowing two runs or less in their previous game
The Boston Red Sox are:
No key trends
David Price is pitching well but he will have his work cut out for him in his return against Houston. This is an Astros team that is firing on all cylinders, especially Alex Bregman. He is 9-for-18 with four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI in his last five games.
Bregman is 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI against Price.
MLB Pick: Astros -110 at Jazz Sportsbook
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