Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/13/14
Boston Red Sox (42-51) at Houston Astros (39-55)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Clay Buchholz (R) (3-5) (6.115) vs. Jarred Cosart (R) (9-6) (4.173)
The Line: Houston Astros +109 / Boston Red Sox -119 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, CSN-HOU
The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros play a rubber matchup on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Sox have lost five of their last eight games and have dropped to 10 games below .500. The Red Sox offense is wildly inconsistent, as it has been held to three or less runs in six of their last 12 games. The Red Sox have won nine of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. David Ortiz has seven RBI in his last four games and Dustin Pedroia has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Red Sox have an ERA of 3.87, 18th in baseball. Clay Buchholz takes the hill, and he’s 3-5 with a 6.11 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. This is Buchholz’s second career start against the Astros.
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The Astros have won four of their last five games, pulling within 15 games of a .500 record. The Astros offense has broken out lately, producing five or more runs in five of their last eight games. That type of run production is needed considering the Astros have an ERA of 4.42, 28th in the majors. George Springer has seven RBI in his last eight games and Chris Carter has an eight-game hitting streak. Starting is Jarred Cosart, who is 9-6 with a 4.17 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 105.2 innings. This is Cosart’s second career start against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 40-18 in Buchholzs last 58 road starts and 4-1 in Buchholzs last 5 starts vs. American League West. The Astros are 6-0 in Cosarts last 6 starts with 5 days of rest and 4-0 in Cosarts last 4 starts vs. American League East. The Red Sox are 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.
This line is only low considering the way the Astros have been playing lately. You have to like the Red Sox with Buchholz on the mound.