Boston Red Sox versus Houston Astros (May 25)
The Red Sox, currently third in the AL East, head to Houston for a weekend series against the AL West leading Astros.
David Price is scheduled to start on the mound for the Red Sox and Brad Peacock is set to pitch for the Astros.
Boston’s offensive attack is headed by Mitch Moreland, who has 13 home runs and 32 RBI, both leading the team.
Rafael Devers is tops in batting average at .320, setting the table for Moreland.
Michael Chavis has added nine home runs and Xander Bogaerts has hit eight to go along with 31 RBI. Mookie Betts has seven home runs and 23 RBI after a somewhat slow start.
As a team, the Red Sox have hit 67 home runs, averaging 5.3 runs per game.
The Astros have pounded the ball, having belted 85 home runs as a team. George Springer leads with 17 home runs, 42 RBI and a .313 batting average.
Alex Bregman has hit 14 home runs to form one of the top power duos in the game.
Calors Correa and Michael Brantley join the group with at least ten home runs and 30 RBI.
Jose Altuve, despite hitting just .243, has nine home runs and 21 RBI.
On the mound, David Price is 2-2 with a 3.20 ERA. He’s struck out 46 in as many innings, allowing only 34 hits and six home runs.
The duo of Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes have nine saves and an ERA of 2.32 in 38 2/3 innings.
Other top relievers have been Brandon Workman (2.11 ERA in 21 1/3 innings) and Marcus Walden (1.37 ERA in 26 1/3 innings).
As a team, the Red Sox have allowed 4.7 runs per game.
For the Astros, Brad Peacock is 5-2 with a 3.59 ERA, striking out 50 in 47 2/3 innings.
The bull pen has been lights out. Closer Roberto Osuna has allowed only a run and seven hits in 21 1/3 innings.
Ryan Pressly has been even more impressive, not allowing a run, with four hits and no walks in 21 innings.
Will Harris has pitched to a 1.08 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. As a team, the Astros have allowed a meager 3.4 runs per game.
Normally with two high powered offenses, picking the over would be an easy choice.
However, dominating pitching can overtake power hitting and I believe that will be the case here.
Look for the Red Sox to score three runs at the most, with the Astros edging them, scoring four.
A seven-run output would be below the league average, so Im taking the “under” and an Astros victory here.
PICK- UNDER 8.5
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