The Boston Red Sox will be looking to pick up a fifth consecutive win as they open a four-game set with the Houston Astros on Thursday as -145 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston struck early in a 13-3 win over Oakland on Wednesday, completing a three-game sweep of the struggling A’s. Boston now is undefeated in six home contests heading into Thursday night’s Astros vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox bats continued to boom in their series against the A’s, threatening a franchise record by pounding out 40 total runs over the three-game set, and have now averaged 8.7 runs per game over their past 10 games at Fenway Park.
Lefty David Price would like some of that run support as he takes the mound in Thursday’s series opener looking to bounce back from his first loss of the season.
Price fell to 4-1 after the New York Yankees rocked him in his last outing. He surrendered six earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings of work in a second straight shaky start. He’s 2-2 over his past five starts against the Astros.
A Cy Young Award candidate a year ago, southpaw Dallas Keuchel searches for his first win since April 15 when he heads to the bump for Houston on Thursday. Keuchel has given up five or more earned runs in three of his past four starts. He also failed to win his only previous assignment against the Red Sox.
It has been a disappointing start to the season for the Astros, who opened the campaign sporting respectable +700 odds to win the American League Pennant following their first postseason appearance in a decade, but have tumbled to the bottom of the AL West standings.
Houston has turned things around lately, winning seven of its past 11 and surrendering just nine total runs over its past four games, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.
The Astros have also enjoyed some recent success against Boston, winning four of their past six meetings — all in Houston. The Red Sox have dominated in head-to-head clashes at Fenway Park, going 8-3 in 11 dates since the Astros moved over to the American League in 2013.
High run totals have been common in Boston between these two clubs, with the OVER going 7-2-2 in the past 11 such matchups, and 13-4-1 in their past 18 meetings overall.
Boston sits at +1200 on the odds to win the World Series heading into the weekend series.
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