Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros - 10/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (103-61) at Boston Red Sox (93-71)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm (Fenway Park)
B Peacock (13-2) (3.00) vs. Doug Fister (5-9) (4.88)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +120 / Houston Astros -130 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros pay a visit to the Boston Red Sox in game three of the ALDS from Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Houston Astros will look to complete the sweep after taking game two on Friday by a final score of 8-2. Carlos Correa led the charge by going 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs. George Springer added a solo home run along with a double, while Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis each chipped in an RBI each. Alex Bregman added a double, while Carlos Beltran, Yuli Gurriel, Marwin Gonzalez and Brian McCann each contributed a base hit in the winning effort. Dallas Keuchel got the win after allowing just one run on three hits while walking three and striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work. Brad Peacock will start game three and was 13-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 161 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Peacock is 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Boston.
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The Boston Red Sox will look to stave off elimination for at least one more day after dropping game two on Saturday. Jackie Bradley Jr. accounted for both Boston RBIs while going 2 for 4 at the dish. Christian Vazquez went 2 for 3, while Mookie Betts and Chris Young each chipped in a double in the loss. Dustin Pedroia chipped in a base hit of his own in the losing effort for the BoSox. Drew Pomeranz took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits over just two innings of work. Doug Fister will start game three and was 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA and 83 strikeouts in the regular season. In his career, Fister is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Houston.
Houston is 7-1 in their last 8 road games and 4-1 in Peacock's last 5 starts while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 playoff games. Boston is 1-4 in Fister's last 5 home starts and 2-5 in their last 7 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. Houston is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I said it heading into game two, that I thought Boston was done after Houston took Sale to the woodshed, and I’m not changing my tune here. Peacock was one of Houston’s most consistent arms all season, while Fister failed to record a decision in any of his final four starts of the season, including taking the loss in his final start of the season against these same Astros. Nothing against Fister, but he’s not the guy I’d want starting on the mound for me if my back is against the ropes, and I think Houston delivers the death blow with a win on Sunday, eliminating the Red Sox from the playoffs in the process.