Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox - 10/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (106-59) at Boston Red Sox (111-55)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm (Fenway Park)
G Cole (16-5) (2.82) vs. D Price (16-8) (3.70)
The Line: Boston Red Sox +115 / Houston Astros -135 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox will match up for Game 2 of the MLB’s American League Championship Series on Sunday from Fenway Park.
In Saturday’s opener of this set, the Astros jumped out to an early lead and survived a fifth-inning scare on their way to a 7-2 victory.
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For the Sunday game, the Astros will be sending out RHP Gerrit Cole. Across 200.1 innings and a 15-5 mark this year, Cole put up a 2.88 ERA in the regular season.
Heading into the ALCS, Marwin Gonzalez led the Astros on seven postseason hits with one run and five RBI. On Saturday, Gonzalez went 0-for-4.
Over on the Sox’ side, they’re going with lefty David Price in Game 2. In his 176.0 innings and 16-7 record this year, Price logged a 3.58 regular-season ERA.
Coming into the weekend, the Red Sox’ top playoff hitters this year were Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez, each with five hits alongside three runs, two homers and eight RBI between them. In Game 1, Martinez had an 0-for-3 night.
The Astros are 5-0 in their last five playoff games and 5-1 in their last six versus a team with a winning record. Houston is also 12-3 in their last 14 versus a left-handed starter and 6-2 in their last eight versus the AL East.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 8-3 in their last 11 versus the AL West and 4-2 in their last six ALCS games. Boston is 60-29 in their last 89 overall and 45-19 in their last 64 home games.
Cole made his first postseason start since 2015 in Game 2 of the ALDS and did awesome, logging seven-plus innings of one-run ball on three hits. He’s 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in the playoffs this year.
As for Price, he was destroyed (again) by the Yankees his last time out in Game 2 of the ALDS, giving up two homers and going just 1.2 innings. Price is an ugly 0-9 with a 6.03 ERA in his 10 career playoff starts.
Price is going to find his postseason groove one of these days, but I’m not ready to take a chance on him just yet. I’ll take the Astros for the Game 2 win.