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Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/24/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
Date & Time Friday May 24, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
Houston Astros +125 / Boston Red Sox -135 O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
NESN, ATSW
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The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros will meet up on the MLB diamond Friday to kick off their series.

Boston is coming off a series versus the Blue Jays this week. The Sox fell on Tuesday 10-3, but won the other three games 12-2 Monday, 6-5 Wednesday and 8-2 on Thursday.

For the Friday game, the Red Sox will be sending out lefty Chris Sale. In his 56.1 innings and 1-5 mark this year, Sale has a 4.31 ERA with 83 Ks and 16 BBs.

Over on the Astros’ side, they’re fresh off a set versus the White Sox. Houston took the first two games of that set but then fell Wednesday 9-4. On Thursday in the finale, the Astros were shut out 4-0.

For Friday’s matchup, the Astros will be sending out Wade Miley in the start. Over his 56.1 innings and 4-2 record this season, Miley has a 3.51 ERA with 37 Ks and 13 BBs.

The Red Sox are 4-1 in their last five overall and 4-1 in their last five Friday games. Boston is 5-11 in their last 16 in game one of a series and 5-0 in Sale’s last five Friday starts.

Meanwhile, the Astros are 5-1 in Miley’s last six starts and 4-0 in his last four at home. Houston is 4-1 in Miley’s last five starts versus a team with a winning record and 5-1 in his last six on grass.

Sale started things out pretty shaky this year, but he’s since cleaned up his act and hasn’t given up more than three earned in any of his last six outings (four of them quality starts).

As for Miley, he’s been really solid as well, with more than three earned (four) just once in his last 10 outings. This should be a pretty good pitching duel, but I’m going to side with the Astros at home here.

Pick:
Houston Astros +125

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