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Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Fenway Park
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
Boston Red Sox +102 / Houston Astros -112 O/U: 10.5
TV Channel
FOX
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The Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox will meet up to continue their MLB series Saturday.

In the Friday opener of this set, the Astros slapped three runs in the eighth inning and held on for a 3-1 victory.

For Saturday’s game the Astros will be sending out Corbin Martin in the start. Over 5.1 innings and a 1-0 record this year, Martin has a 3.38 ERA with nine Ks and one walk.

Houston was out-hit Friday 9-6, but managed to ride a big seventh inning to a win. Six players had a hit, and George Springer logged a two-run homer.

Over on the Boston side, they’re going with Hector Velasquez in the start Satruday. In 27.1 innings and a 1-2 record so far, Velasquez has a 3.95 ERA with 22 Ks and 12 BBs.

Xander Bogaerts was the big hitter for the Sox Friday, putting up three hits and one run. Boston’s Christian Vazquez also logged three hits and had an RBI.

The Astros are 21-6 in their last 27 Saturday games and 40-16 in their last 56 in game two of a series. The over is 6-1-1 in Houston’s last eight in game two of a series as well.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 5-0 in their last five in game two of a series and the over is 7-1-1 in their last nine Saturday games. The over is also 38-16-3 in Boston’s last 57 games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

This will be our first real look at Martin, who is coming off his MLB debut versus the Rangers. In that one, Martin tossed 80 pitches and allowed just three hits over his 5.1 innings, but Boston will provide a stiffer challenge.

This should be an interesting game and it may end up being pretty close. I’m going to stick with the Sox at home though.

Pick:
Boston Red Sox +102

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