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Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (42-52) at Houston Astros (52-43)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

R Porcello (5-10) (5.79) vs. L McCullers (4-3) (2.52)

The Line: Houston Astros -132 / Boston Red Sox +122 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, ROOT-Southwest

The Boston Red Sox hope to close their series at the Houston Astros with a victory on Thursday. 

The Boston Red Sox have not been able to get their feet under them and have to soon to stay in the American League East race. Things didn’t improve Wednesday in a 4-2 defeat at Minute Maid Park for loss number seven in a row. Joe Kelly was charged with all four runs on six hits including three homeruns over 5.1 frames. The offense mustered seven hits and a pair of BB with Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts driving in runs with Pedroia also scoring. Left hander Wade Miley gets the call to the mound in the series finale’ at Minute Maid Park. Miley is coming off of his best outing of the year with a one hitter over seven frames for a no decision in a 1-0 loss versus the Angels.

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The obvious goal for the Houston Astros is to take back the lead in the American League West from the Angels. The Astros have been doing their part with wins in five of six following Wednesday’s victory. Starter Collin McHugh gave up both runs on seven hits through seven innings pitched to get the win. The Stros offense did their damage on eight hits and a walk with the long ball being the difference. Preston Tucker went deep twice and drove in three while Evan Gattis went solo with Jose Altuve scoring. Rookie Lance McCullers toes the rubber in the final game of the series with visiting Boston. McCullers comes off a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay with all four runs plated on four hits and three BB while whiffing ten over six frames.

The under is 9-3 in Houston’s last 12 Thursday games  while the Astros  are 23-8 in their last 31 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. Boston are 15-6 in the last 21 meetings and  are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Houston. The Astros seem to have turned things around so I’ll back the hotter team and hope McCullers throws strikes…

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Houston -132

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