Boston Red Sox (93-69) at Houston Astros (101-61)
Betting Prediction

Thursday, October 05 – 4:00 PM EST
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Betting Line: Astros -125 Money Line
Total: 7

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Starting Pitchers:
Red Sox LH Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA) vs
Astros RH Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36)

The Houston Astros will host the third-seeded AL East champion Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday. The Astros will start Justin Verlander who has a 7-5 record and a 3.39 ERA in 16 career postseason starts. The Red Sox will counter with Cy Young candidate Chris Sale, who struggled in September. Sale went 3-4 with a 4.30 ERA over his final eight starts and struggled to keep the ball in the park at times, including his final start against Toronto on Sept. 26 in which he served up four home runs. If you like hot pitchers then look at Verlander who went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five starts since joining the Astros.

Boston Red Sox

Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Boston is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Boston is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Boston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston

Houston Astros

Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Boston

Red Sox vs Astros Game 1 Prediction

I know Sale is going to win the Cy Young award but the best pitcher right now is Verlander. I love him at home in this situation. The lack of home run power will hurt he Red Sox in Houston.

Betting Pick: Asrtos money line (-125)
Score Prediction: Astros 5 – Red Sox 2