Boston Red Sox (32-20) vs. Houston Astros (28-24)
June 1, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -123 / Boston Red Sox +113; Over/Under: +9
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The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action from Minute Maid Park.
This will be the second installment in a four-game series between these teams this week. In the Monday opener, the Astros posted a big nine-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Boston got a couple games in versus the Red Sox this weekend, winning Friday 5-2 and Saturday 3-1. In the Monday opener versus Houston, the Sox notched five hits in an 11-2 blowout loss. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez went 4.2 innings with seven hits and six earned.
For the starting role Tuesday, the Red Sox are sending out Garrett Richards. This year over his 54.0 innings of work, Richards has 55 hits, 25 runs (23 earned), four homers allowed, 26 walks, 47 Ks and a 3.83 ERA overall.
Over on the Astros’ side, they played the Padres over the weekend, losing two of three in that set. In the Monday matchup versus Boston, Houston posted 13 team hits during the big victory. Starting pitcher Jose Urquidy went 6.0 innings with three hits and one earned.
For the starter job in the Tuesday game, the Astros are going with Luis Garcia. Over 46.0 innings of work this year, Garcia has 31 hits, 16 runs (15 earned), eight homers allowed, 16 walks, 54 Ks and a 2.93 ERA.
The Red Sox are 5-0 in their last five in game two of a series and 8-3 in their last 11 Tuesday games. The under is 6-1 in Boston’s last seven Tuesday games and 5-2-1 in their last eight versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 118-56 in their last 174 home games and 2-5 in their last seven Tuesday games. Houston is 116-56 in their last 172 home games versus a right-handed starter and the under is 9-4 in their last 13 Tuesday games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Sox. We should have a nice matchup on our hands here, though. Garcia has given up just three earned over his last 16.0 innings and is pitching well. As for Richards, he’s walked four in each of his last two starts and has given up five earned over 12.1 innings in that time. I like Richards to do well here with some support from the Boston offense.