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Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (42-51) at Houston Astros (51-43)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Brian Johnson (0-0) (0.00) vs. Vincent Velasquez (0-1) (3.94)

The Line: Houston Astros -125 / Boston Red Sox +115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, ROOT-Southwest

The Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox face off on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park in game one of their MLB series.

The Houston Astros are out of first place in the American League West and they are battling to get back to the lead. The Astros are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 30-17 at home, and they have outscored their opponents by 60 runs this season. As a team the Astros are hitting .241 with Jose Altuve hitting .293, George Springer hitting .264, and Evan Gattis hitting .245. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57 with the starters at 3.97 and the bullpen at 2.72. For game one against the Red Sox the Astros start Vincent Velasquez who has allowed 28 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 31 over 32 innings for a 0-1 record and a 3.94 ERA.

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Red Sox are struggling badly this road trip and they sit in last place in the AL East. The Red Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 20-28 on the road, and they are nine games behind the Yankees in the American League East standings. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .254 with Alejandro De Aza hitting .313, Xander Bogaerts hitting .306, and Dustin Pedroia hitting .296. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.39 with the starters at 4.68 and the bullpen at 3.86. For game one against the Astros the Red Sox start Brian Johnson who is making his first Major League start after going 8-6 with a 2.72 ERA in the Minors where he also averages 8.5 strikeouts per game.

Houston is 5-1 in game one of a series, 22-8 in their last 30 home games, and 0-5 in their last five games against the AL East. Boston is 5-2 on the road against a right-handed starter and 4-1 in their last five games in Houston. Boston is 19-7 in their last 26 games against Houston.

With the two young guns on the hill there is always the X-factor but the Red Sox are just stinking up the place right now and I see them losing for the sixth time in a row.

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Houston Astros -125

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