Astros vs. Red Sox - 4/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (7-8) at Houston Astros (5-11)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
S Wright (0-2) (2.13) vs. C McHugh (1-2) (6.40)
The Line: Houston Astros -136 / Boston Red Sox +126 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Boston Red Sox look for a bounce back win after losing four of their last five games. The Red Sox have produced 15 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Boston Red Sox offense continues to show up, and they’re 7-4 this season when scoring more than three runs. Dustin Pedroia leads Boston with 18 hits, Mookie Betts has 13 RBI and David Ortiz has three home runs. Steven Wright gets the nod, and he’s 0-2 with a 2.13 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Wright is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros could use a nice home win after losing six of their last eight games. The Astros struggles start on the offensive end where they’ve scored three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The pitching staff also hasn’t done the Houston Astros any favors as of late, but they’ll start winning some games once the bats wake up with consistency. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 19 hits, George Springer has 10 RBI and Tyler White has five home runs. Collin McHugh takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 6.39 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 10-3 in their last 13 Friday games and 1-5 in Wrights last 6 road starts. The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 19-7 in McHughs last 26 home starts. The Red Sox are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
It's only a matter of time before the Astros get back on track, and a trip back home against a hit or miss Boston team should help turn things around. I like the Astros to get the job done here.