Skip to main content

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox - 6/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (39-18) at Houston Astros (36-22)
Date & Time Friday June 1, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -122 / Boston Red Sox +112 --- Over/Under: 7
TV Channel
Stream live sports and ESPN originals on ESPN+ for only $4.99 a month. Start your 7-day free trial today!
MLB | Boston Red Sox (39-18) at Houston Astros (36-22)
Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros meet Friday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Boston Red Sox look for a victory here after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Red Sox have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Red Sox have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring more than two runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 66 hits and 47 RBI while Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi have combined for 127 hits and 75 RBI. Chris Sale gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA and 104 strikeouts this season. Sale is 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look for another win after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Houston Astros have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least four runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 80 hits and 29 RBI while George Springer and Alex Bregman have combined for 119 hits and 57 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Cole is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are 18-8 in their last 26 Friday games, 19-9 in their last 28 road games and 17-8 in Sales last 25 starts with 4 days of rest. The Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 4-1 in Coles last 5 home starts and 5-1 in Coles last 6 starts. The Red Sox are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 23-11 in the last 34 meetings.

You could make a case for either of these aces, and Cole is probably the front runner for the CY Young if he continues to pitch the way he has. I understand why he's the favorite at home, especially with the Astros offense hitting the way it is currently. But we're getting Sale as an underdog and a Red Sox squad that's not too shabby. Sale as an underdog! Don't see that often. Have to take advantage when I can simply based on the value.

Boston Red Sox +112

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

Top 10 Sport Sites