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Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/15/14

Houston Astros (50-72) at Boston Red Sox (55-65)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Dallas Keuchel (L) (10-8) (3.074) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (5-7) (5.992)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -135 / Houston Astros +125 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNH, NESN

The Astros and Red Sox meet up for game two of their four game weekend series at Fenway Park in Boston.

The Houston Astros jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Thursday night, but the effort unraveled in the sixth inning as starting pitcher Scott Feldman was tagged with seven runs on nine hits while pitching just 5.1 innings in a 9-4 loss.  The Astros have the third worst record in baseball with a -93 run differential that speaks to issues with both their pitching allowing too many runs and an offense that goes through droughts and has faced injuries.   In Thursday’s loss, Marwin Gonzalez had two hits out of the nine hole and Matt Dominguez hit a two run homer as the Astros scored four runs on eight hits. 

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/15/14

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Dallas Keuchel will make the start for the Astros on Friday night looking to bounce back from a tough outing against the Rangers last time out where he allowed five runs on six hits over six innings.  Despite that tough outing, the lefty Keuchel has been the ace of the Astros staff this year with a WHIP of 1.22, ERA of 3.07 and record of 10-8.  Keuchel has been unfazed in road games this year with an ERA 3.11 while actually tallying seven of his ten wins.  The Red Sox have yet to see Keuchel this year, but former Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes enjoyed his previous ten at bats against the lefty in AL West action with a .500 average and one double. 

The Boston Red Sox won their fourth consecutive game on Thursday night after piling on seven runs in the sixth inning.  Five players had more than one hit and everyone except Yoenis Cespedes had a hit as the Red Sox went on to score nine runs on 14 total hits.  The Red Sox are clearly playing for next year sitting at 14.5 games back in the AL East and 10.5 back in the wildcard race, but every win is appreciated with the loyal fan base in the New England area.   The Red Sox have ten consecutive home games upcoming on their schedule as the Angels and Mariners are the next AL West teams to visit Fenway.

Clay Buchholz  will take the hill Friday as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to five games.  Clay Buchholz is possibly the biggest decliner of the year if there were ever an award for such a dubious distinction, but in his last start against the Angels he was mostly in cruise control after allowing two early runs, before conceding a game tying run to Mike Trout in the 8th inning of what eventually became a Red Sox loss in 19 innings.  For the season Buchholz has a WHIP of 1.57 and ERA of 5.99 while compiling a 5-7 record.  The struggling righty’s best performance of the season did come against this very Astros team though, as Buchholz pitched a complete game shutout on July 13th allowing just three hits.  The current Astros roster is batting just .152 lifetime against Buchholz over 46 at bats.

The Red Sox are on a minor roll and have the momentum at home and while I don't think I've ever advised laying odds with Buchholz this season, he is facing the very team he had his best outing of the season against.

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