Houston Astros (106-59) at Boston Red Sox (111-55)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 14, 2018, 7:09 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox +115 / Houston Astros -135 --- Over/Under: 8
The Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox meet in game two of the ALCS from Fenway Park in MLB action on Sunday.
The Houston Astros will look to build some steam after stealing game one on the road on Saturday by a final score of 7-2. Yuli Gurriel led the ‘Stros with a three-run home run, while Josh Reddick added a solo homer. George Springer had two RBIs and Carlos Correa added an RBI while Tony Kemp chipped in a base hit to cap off Houston’s offense in the winning effort. Justin Verlander got the win after allowing both runs on two hits while walking four and striking out six over six innings of work. Gerrit Cole will start game two and is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 12 strikeouts this postseason. In his career, Cole is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Saturday. Mitch Moreland had an RBI while Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Steve Pearce each had a base knock as none of Boston’s three hits went for extra bases in the loss as the rest of the BoSox went 0 for 18 with 9 strikeouts in the losing effort. Chris Sale allowed two runs over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision while Joe Kelly took the loss to fall to 0-1 in the postseason. David Price will start game two and is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA this postseason. In his career, Price is 6-2 with a 2.94 ERA and 85 strikeouts against Houston.
Houston is 32-8 in their last 40 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 home games while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 games overall. Boston is 7-3 in Price’s last 10 starts and 7-3 in Price’s last 10 road starts while the over is 11-3-1 in their last 15 games overall.
I’ve always said that Price is a pitcher that will get you to the postseason, but isn’t the guy you want pitching in the playoffs, as the guy has only won a playoff game once since 2010. I don’t know if that’ll change now that he’s facing a team that isn’t the New York Yankees, but facing Houston isn’t much better considering the Astros’ offense made the most out of their opportunities in game one, scoring seven runs on five hits. Simply put, I just trust Cole more than I do Price, so I’ll back Houston to go back home with a 2-0 series lead with a win on Sunday.