Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros - 9/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (98-60) at Boston Red Sox (92-66)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
C Morton (13-7) (3.63) vs. Doug Fister (5-8) (5.29)
The Line: Boston Red Sox TBA / Houston Astros TBA --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, ATSW
Out at Fenway Park on Friday, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox will be continuing their MLB series.
In the Thursday opener, the Astros blew out Boston 12-2.
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For the Friday game, the Astros will be bringing out RHP Charlie Morton. In his 141.1 innings and 13-7 record this year, Morton has a 3.63 ERA with 159 Ks and 50 BBs.
Houston has some great bats this year. Jose Altuve came into this set with 200 hits, 109 runs, 24 homers and 81 RBI while Alex Bregman had 154 hits, 85 runs, 17 homers and 66 RBI. On Thursday, Bregman put up a homer with two runs and two RBI, while Altuve managed three hits and two runs.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’re going with RHP Doug Fister on Friday. In his 85.0 innings and 5-8 record this year, Fister has a 4.87 ERA with 78 Ks and 37 BBs.
The Sox have some solid bats as well. Mookie Betts came into this series with 164 hits, 98 runs, 101 RBI and 23 homers while Andrew Benintendi had 154 hits, 83 runs, 20 homers and 89 RBI. Betts and Benintendi combined to go 0-for-7 on Thursday.
The Astros are 4-0 in their last four during game two of a series and 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games. Houston is also 4-1 in Morton’s last five starts and 5-1 in Morton’s last six starts versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 13-3 in their last 16 Friday games and 19-7 in their last 26 during game two of a series. Boston is also 4-1 in Fister’s last five starts and 4-1 in Fister’s last five starts on grass.
Over his last two starts, Morton has been great with just two earned runs on nine hits in 13.0 innings, and he’s 2-0 in that time. As for Fister, he hasn’t been so smooth with 14 earned over his last three starts in a span of 11.1 innings. If the Astros are going to take this series, this is a game they have to win. They’ve got a good shot with Morton on the mound so I’ll take Houston.