Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros 7/11/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 7/10/2014
Friday, July 11, 2014, 8:10 PM on NESN, CSNH
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Boston Red Sox - Lackey, J (9-6) vs. Houston Astros - Feldman, S (4-5)
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Veteran right-hander John Lackey will be going for his 10th win of the year when he and the Boston Red Sox face Scott Feldman and the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Last Saturday, John Lackey lost for the sixth time this season when he was beaten by the Baltimore Orioles at home. In 5.1 innings of work, he gave up five runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out 11. Lackey now has a 9-6 record on the season and his 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his highest strikeout rate since 2005.
Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman has two hits in his five at-bats against Lackey with a double and a solo home run. All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is just 1-for-6 against Lackey with one strikeout.
Scott Feldman pitched six pretty good innings against the Los Angeles Angels on the road last Saturday, but he had to settle for the no decision in a game the Angels ended up winning 11-5. He gave up just two runs in that start and struck out five hitters while walking no one. Through 15 starts, Feldman has a 4-5 record with a 3.86 ERA and he has only walked 21 batters in 84 innings of work.
One player on the Red Sox who Feldman is not a fan of facing is veteran Mike Napoli, who has 12 hits in 29 at-bats against him with a double, two home runs and seven RBI.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 35-52-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.6
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 42-47-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Houston Astros is -0.8
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
06/02/14 1B Mike Carp Foot 15-day DL (6/1)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
05/24/14 RF Shane Victorino Hamstring 15-day DL (5/24)
05/17/14 3B Will Middlebrooks Finger 15-day DL (5/16)
07/08/14 RF Alex Presley Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/01/14 CF Dexter Fowler Back 15-day DL (6/27)
06/21/14 P Jose Cisnero Elbow 60-day DL (6/20)
04/26/14 P Matt Albers Shoulder 15-day DL (4/22)
03/31/14 P Alex White Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 P Jesse Crain Bicep 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Boston
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