- The Boston Red Sox have (-120) odds to beat the Houston Astros to take a 2-1 series lead.
- The total for the game is set at 9.0 runs with slight (-115) shading towards the OVER.
- The total hits betting line is set at (-136) odds on the OVER 16.5.
BOSTON – The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will head to Fenway Park after splitting the first two games in Houston.
Betting The Moneyline: Who Will Win?
The pitching matchup seemingly favors the Houston Astros as Jose Urquidy (8-3, 3.62 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) has better numbers than Eduardo Rodriguez (13-8, 4.74 ERA, 1.39 WHIP), the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher.
The two teams’ batting numbers are relatively similar as they are the two top remaining teams in the playoffs. Boston has .318/.372/.553 batting splits while Houston has .286/.359/.447 splits. Legal betting sites are valuing the batting advantage more heavily, as Boston is favored to win.
Red Sox Vs. Astros Moneyline Odds
- Boston Red Sox -120
- Houston Astros EVEN
Boston has relied heavily on home runs this postseason as they have 16 thus far, eight more than the Astros who have the second-most in the playoffs. However, Urquidy allowed just one home run per 6.1 innings during the regular season and the Astros’ bullpen allowed just 1.18 home runs per nine innings during the season.
The underdogs may have a chance here if they’re able to limit the number of home runs given up.
Betting The Total: 9.0 Runs
Since the Astros and Red Sox are the two top offensive teams in the postseason, the OVER seems like an easy side to be on. Houston has seen at least nine runs in five straight games post-season games while the Red Sox have done the same.
Red Sox Vs. Astros Total Odds
- OVER 9.0 -115
- UNDER 9.0 -105
Houston and Boston combined for a total of 10.55 runs per game during the regular season and combined to allow 8.71 runs per game. These are simply two teams who each score and give up runs at a high rate and those betting on the MLB should likely lean on the side of the OVER.
Total Hits Betting Line: OVER 16.5
These teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in hits per game with 9.26 for Houston and 8.99 for Boston. Neither team was exceptional in preventing hits either as Boston allowed 8.68 per game and Houston gave up 7.68 per game. Either way, the OVER should be looked into.
Total Hits Odds
- OVER 16.5 -135
- UNDER 16.5 +105
This postseason, Houston is totaling 9.83 hits per game while Boston is averaging 12 per game. Each of the first two games of the series have hit this number as well as in each of the last five games for both teams. This could very well be the most generous line of the entire game.
Tune into FS1 at 8:08 p.m. EST to watch the game.
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