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Red Sox vs. Astros - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (47-34) at Boston Red Sox (36-44)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Dan Straily vs. J Masterson (3-2) (5.58)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -138 / Houston Astros +128 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-SW, NESN

The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Astros have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Astros have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 87 hits and 33 RBI while Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena have combined for 84 RBI. The Houston Astros have split their last eight road games. Dan Straily gets the nod, and he was 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 46 strikeouts last season. This will be Straily’s second career game against the Red Sox.

Red Sox vs. Astros - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Red Sox look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Red Sox have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Red Sox have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia have combined for 172 hits and 70 RBI while Xander Bogaerts has 35 RBI. The Boston Red Sox have lost six of their last eight home games. Justin Masterson takes the hill, and he’s 3-2 with a 5.58 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Masterson’s first career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. American League East and  6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. The Red Sox are 2-6 in their last 8 games as a home favorite and 8-3 in Mastersons last 11 home starts. The Astros are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Boston and 4-13 in the last 17 meetings overall.

Masterson hasn't been anything special this season, and the Astros should have a slight advantage given their day off on Thursday. I like the better team in Houston and the plus money. 

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Houston Astros +128

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