Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros
|Date & Time||Sunday May 26, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
Minute Maid Park
Houston Astros -183 / Boston Red Sox +173 O/U: 8.5
The Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros will finish up their MLB rivalry series on Sunday.
In the Friday opener of this set, the Astros eked out a 4-3 victory. On Saturday, Houston did it again with another 4-3 win.
For the Sunday game, the Sox will be sending out Eduardo Rodriguez in the start. Across his 54.2 innings and 4-3 record this year, Rodriguez has a 5.43 ERA with 61 Ks and 19 BBs.
Boston put up nine hits in the Saturday game, but couldn’t put up any runs until the seventh inning. Tops in hitting for the Sox was Rafael Devers on three hits and a run.
Over on the Astros’ side, they’re going with Justin Verlander on Sunday. Over 72.1 innings and an 8-1 mark this season, Verlander has a 2.24 ERA with 89 Ks and 17 BBs.
Houston put up 13 hits in the Saturday win, and five players had multiple knocks. The Astros’ lead hitter in that one was Carlos Correa with three hits, a run and an RBI.
The Red Sox are 52-14 in their last 66 in game three of a series and 28-10 in their last 38 Sunday games. Boston is 7-1 in Rodriguez’s last eight Sunday starts and 13-4 in his last 17 road starts.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 5-2 in their last seven Sunday games and 4-0 in Verlander’s last four home starts. Houston is 41-17 in Verlander’s last 58 starts and 4-0 in his last four in game three of a series.
Rodriguez has had some issues over his last two starts. In those games, he’s put up 11 earned on 15 hits over 11.0 innings for an 0-1 record. Those outings come after a run of four quality starts in six attempts for Rodriguez.
As for Verlander, aside from a couple of bloated lines here and there, he’s been pretty Verlander-y this season, and has three straight quality starts to his credit totaling two earned in 22.0 innings.
I cant’ find a whole lot of reasons not to take Houston here.