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MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

August 29, 2023

In Massachusetts, the second game of a thrilling three-game series awaits as the Houston Astros take on the Boston Red Sox. Will the Astros continue to showcase their road prowess?

  • Date: Game 2 on August 29, 2023 at 7:10 PM ET

  • Location: Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Houston Astros Betting Preview

The Astros did not have much success against the Red Sox last week, which transferred over to their recent series against the Detroit Tigers. They have some solid momentum coming into game two, which could make a difference. J.P. France (9-5) gets the start on the mound and has an ERA of 3.51.

Throughout the season, they have consistently produced a .256 batting average and have generated good scoring opportunities. On the defensive side, their opponents are not far behind, hitting .245 against them, which suppresses their offensive capabilities.

Their ERA remains unwavering at 3.94 per game. Their OBP stands strong at .328, and their slugging percentage, slightly above the league standard at .425, complements their performance at the plate.

In the fiercely competitive AL West, the Astros find themselves in a heated battle for first place with two other teams. Every game becomes pivotal as they strive to maintain their lead.

Boston Red Sox Betting Preview

The Red Sox have clawed their way to fourth in the AL East, but it might not be enough despite their successes. They are coming off of solid performances against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but need to dominate in this series. Brayan Bello (10-7) is on the mound for game two, with an ERA of 3.56.

With a batting average of .265 and a conceded average of just .257, they are walking a fine line that could tip the scales in any direction. Their ERA, at 4.39, trails slightly behind the Astros, but their OBP of .331 keeps them in the competition. Notably, their slugging percentage of .440 surpasses the Astros.

The AL East division is quite competitive, especially with the Red Sox trailing the Baltimore Orioles by around 13 games. The team's potent offense is poised to create headaches for their rivals.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie indicate that the Boston Red Sox are holding a narrow advantage in their pursuit of triumph. Based on market insights, the Red Sox presently boast a 54.2 percent probability of securing the victory.

  • Houston Astros: -102

  • Boston Red Sox: -118

This will likely be another offensive outburst for both teams. However, the last time these two teams played, with the exact same starting pitchers, the Red Sox won 17-1. Look for the Red Sox to have a slight edge once again.

Final Pick: Take the Boston Red Sox to Win at -118

Written By: David White