Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox Game Two - 10/6/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (93-69) at Houston Astros (101-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Minute Maid Park)
D Pomeranz (17-6) (3.32) vs. D Keuchel (14-5) (2.90)
The Line: Houston Astros -160 / Boston Red Sox +144 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros face off on Friday in game two of the ALDS from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
The Boston Red Sox will look to even up the series after dropping game one by a final score of 8-2 on Thursday. Rafael Devers and Sandy Leon each contributed an RBI, while Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts each had a pair of base hits with a double. Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland each contributed a base knock in the losing effort for the BoSox. Chris Sale was rocked in his postseason debut, getting lit up for seven runs on nine hits while striking out six over five innings of work, taking the loss in the process. Drew Pomeranz will start game two for Boston and was 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 174 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Pomeranz is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA and 33 strikeouts against Houston.
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The Houston Astros will look to put the Red Sox against the ropes after taking the series opener on Thursday. Jose Altuve led the charge with a trio of solo home runs, going 3 for 4 at the dish, while Alex Bregman added a solo homer of his own. Marwin Gonzalez went 1 for 4 with a two run double, while Brian McCann added two RBIs of his own. Evan Gattis added a pair of doubles, while Josh Reddick went 2 for 3 and Yuli Gurriel added a base hit of his own in the win. Justin Verlander got the win after throwing six innings, giving up both runs on six hits while walking a pair and striking out three. Dallas Keuchel will start game two and was 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA and 125 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Keuchel is 0-1 with a 9.88 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Boston.
Boston is 19-8 in their last 27 road games and 17-4 in Pomeranz’s last 21 starts against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a left-handed starter. Houston is 18-7 in Keuchel’s last 25 starts and 12-2 in their last 14 home games while the under is 16-5 in Keuchel’s last 21 starts against the AL East. The over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
I know Keuchel has had his struggles against Boston, but it’s a small sample size, and after game one, I think the Astros could be poised to go for the sweep after passing the toughest test in Boston’s rotation in Sale. Pomeranz got the win against the Astros last time out, but Keuchel has done well at home, going 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA at Minute Maid Park and I think he improves on that record with a win in game two, pushing the Red Sox to the brink.