Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox
Date and Time: Sunday, September 9, 2018 8:05 p.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel vs. Rick Porcello
Astros vs. Red Sox TV Coverage: ESPN
If you want to check out the baseball during commercial breaks of the Bears and Packers on Sunday night, you will see an excellent matchup between two of the top teams in the league, as the Houston Astros visit the Boston Red Sox on ESPN. The Astros lead the AL West, while the Red Sox lead the AL East. The probable pitching matchup for Sunday night has Dallas Keuchel going up against Rick Porcello. Let’s look at Sunday night’s matchup and MLB picks.
This could easily be an ALCS Championship preview, as the Astros and Red Sox are the two best teams in baseball. The Astros are the defending World Series champs, while the Red Sox have the best record in the league this season. Houston has the second-best road record in the league behind only Boston, while the Red Sox have the best home record in baseball.
Houston was 47-21 in their first 68 road games, with 29 games going over the total, 33 going under, with six pushes. They are averaging almost 5 runs per game and giving up just over 3 runs per contest.
Boston was 48-18 in their first 66 home games, with 29 going over the total, 32 going under, with five pushes. They are averaging 5.4 runs per game and giving up 3.6 per contest.
The Astros are expected to send Dallas Keuchel to the mound on Sunday night. He is 11-10 with a 3.46 ERA. He allowed one unearned run and five hits in six innings last time out against Minnesota. He has made three straight quality starts and he has an 8-2 record with a 2.47 ERA in his last 15 starts. The Astros have won 11 of his last 14 starts. Keuchel has only faced the Red Sox three times in his career and Houston has won two of those three games with two of the three going over, with one push.
Porcello is 16-7 on the season with a 4.20 ERA. He will be pitching with an extra day of rest. Manager Alex Cora said that he wanted to give Porcello some extra time considering he leads the team in innings and pitches thrown this season. He gave up three runs, two earned, in 6.1 innings against the Astros on June 3rd. Porcello has made five starts against Houston in his career and his teams have won three of those five.
Houston had taken six of the last ten meetings before this series began, with six games going over, three going under, with one push. The Astros have also held their own at Fenway, splitting the last ten, with six of the ten going over the total.
Astros vs. Red Sox Picks
There is really no question that Houston and Boston are the two best teams in the league but only one of them can play in the World Series. The Astros have the slightly better pitching, while the Red Sox have the slightly better hitting, but it is close. Kuechel and Porcello are not the front line starter for either team, but they usually go about six innings and give their team a chance to win. It seems that whenever Porcello is on the mound the Red Sox seem to score a lot of runs and that is sometimes the case when Keuchel is on the mound. I think both teams will be able to put a lot of runs on the board on Sunday night, so I will take this game to go over the total.
Astros vs. Red Sox Pick: Over the total at BookMaker.eu
Astros vs. Red Sox Score Prediction: Boston 6, Houston 5