Boston Red Sox (51-52) vs. Houston Astros (67-36)
August 1, 2022 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -196 / Boston Red Sox +145; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. The Boston Red Sox need a win after losing 7 of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros look for a win after splitting their last 6 games.
The Boston Red Sox have scored 12 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 8 games. The Red Sox have lost 4 of their last 6 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with 115 hits and 45 RBI, while Rafael Devers and Alex Verdugo have combined for 214 hits and 107 RBI. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 4.43 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. Eovaldi is 1-3 with a 5.17 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros have scored 18 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 8 games. The Astros have won 5 of their last 7 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with 93 hits and 70 RBI, while Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman have combined for 175 hits and 92 RBI. Luis Garcia gets the ball, and he is 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 7-19 in their last 26 overall. The Astros are 39-18 in their last 57 home games and 55-25 in their last 80 overall. The over is 14-6 in Red Sox last 20 overall. The over is 5-2 in Astros last 7 overall. The Red Sox are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Houston.
Nathan Eovaldi has been shaky all year, especially as of late, where he’s allowed 23 hits and 16 earned runs in his last 13 innings. Luis Garcia has allowed 16 hits and 12 runs in his last 23 innings, and he’s actually been worse at home compared to what he’s done on the road. Two shaky pitchers and two lineups capable of exposing those weaknesses. Reasonable total. Give me the over.
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