Boston vs Houston Sun, May 26
|*Community||HOU -170 77%||u/8 61%|
*Consensus from 1733 predictions.
|4237th||Earned Run Average||3.7227th|
Verlander has picked up where he left off last year and he might be even better and Houston has finally got their groove back.
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Rodriquez looked horrible against the Blue Jays and he's a boom or bust pitcher. This Astro team does really well against south paws and I love their patience at the plate. They have five guys in the lineup that are considered high walk batters and that is going to be a big issue if Eduardo is having control issues. He is a reverse splits pitcher and gives up more damage to lefties than he does righties but this astro team doesn't have your typically righties. Verlander right now is even money to win the cy young. That's all you need to know about how well he is pitching and I always side with good pitching over good hitting. He has looked so dominate his last couple of starts and I just love that he's still crushing even though he's starting to get up there in age. The only thing that worries me is Verlander's fly ball rate is up and his ground ball rate is down and that could lead to trouble but so far I haven't seen any team mangage to get to him. I think he will hold his own against the red sox and I'm more banking on the fact that Rodriquez might be that gas can to this Astros fire and will just explode. I'm on the astros here70%
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Rodriguez has had some issues over his last two starts. In those games, hes 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, hes been pretty Verlander-y this season, and has three straight quality starts to his credit totaling two earned in 22.0 innings. Houston should win this game but at -165 it's almost unbetable.
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Houston Astros (77% consensus). Justin Verlander is 36 but acts and plays much younger as he takes the ball when the Houston Astros try for a three-game sweep of the visiting Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Verlander, who flirted with his third career no-hitter in his last start, is signed through 2021 but wants to pitch well into his 40s... http://bit.ly/2uBTOqK
Betting Prediction for Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros on May 26, 2019, 2:10 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Houston will Win and the Total will go Over .
There's not a lot of opportunities to make money on a Justin Verlander start because he's usually such a heavy favorite. In fact, Verlander has been -200 or more in eight of his 11 starts this season. Opposing Eduardo Rodriguez today, the Astros are "just" -165, even after winning four of five vs Boston this week.Red Sox vs Astros Game Center. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2K43D6T
Boston.com: Devers homers, Red Sox avoid sweep with 4-1 win over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) -- Rafael Devers homered off Justin Verlander, and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of two errors by the Houston Astros to avoid a series sweep with a 4-1 victory Sunday.
Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3) held Houston to one run and four hits in six innings, improving to 5-1 in his last eight starts.
The Astros lost for just the fifth time in 22 games and finished the regular season 4-2 against the Red Sox, who beat them 4-1 in the ALCS last season on the way to a World Series championship.
Devers' solo shot to center field in the fourth gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
Over the Monster: Red Sox 4, Astros 1: Another Sunday spent avoiding a sweep.
For the second consecutive Sunday, the Red Sox were facing off against the Astros having lost their previous two games and headed into a series finale trying to avoid a sweep. For the second consecutive Sunday, they got the job done. This time, it was Eduardo Rodriguez leading the way as the lefty looked a little shaky early on but got better as the game went along. By the time he reached the final few innings of his six-inning outing, Rodriguez was dominating. The offense had a tough matchup against Justin Verlander and certainly didn't explode or anything, but they did enough with Rafael Devers going deep to highlight the effort.
Fansided: The Red Sox are still searching for their identity after loss to Houston
Another game and another loss. Last night in Houston the Red Sox could've walked away with a victory but once again squandered their chances. The Astros, on the other hand, didn't waste their opportunities and pushed Boston further down the AL East standings. At just 2-games above .500, the Red Sox need to act fast if they want to salvage the year.
As May comes to a close it's pretty clear to see that this Red Sox team has no idea what their lot is in life. When we look back at the 2018 squad we can see swagger, and knowledge that their bats and arms would always come through.
Boston.com: Verlander scheduled to start for Houston against Boston
Boston Red Sox (27-25, third in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (35-18, first in the AL West)
Houston; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 5.43 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 61 strikeouts) Astros: Justin Verlander (8-1, 2.24 ERA, .73 WHIP, 89 strikeouts)
LINE: Astros favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Houston and Boston will play at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
The Astros are 20-6 in home games. Houston has hit 91 home runs this season, third in the majors. Alex Bregman leads them with 15, averaging one every 11.
Over the Monster: Red Sox 3, Astros 4: I hope you like runners left on base
Well, if you like being extremely frustrated watching a baseball game, Saturday was the night for you. David Price started for the Red Sox, but he was apparently dealing with some flu-like symptoms and was pulled after recording just two outs. The bullpen, specifically Colten Brewer and Travis Lakins, did well in his stead, to be fair to them. Unfortuantely, the offense had a ton of chances early on that they failed to capitalize on while also being robbed of a run thanks to some weird ballpark quirks in Houston. As a result, Boston trailed most of the night before tying it up in the ninth, but even then they had runners on the corners with nobody out to try and take the lead and couldn't do it.