Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros 7/12/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/11/2014
Saturday, July 12, 2:10 PM on NESN, CSNH
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Boston Red Sox - Peavy, J (1-7) vs. Houston Astros - McHugh, C (4-8)
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Saturday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox will send Jake Peavy to the hill as they take on the Houston Astros and Collin McHugh. Peavy makes his 19 th start as McHugh makes his 15th start.
Jake Peavy didn't factor in the decision in his last outing and that kept his record at 1 - 7 with an ERA of 4.64. In his last start, Peavy allowed 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 3. The season has been a disaster for Peavy. His only victory came in late April and despite some quality starts; there just is no way to predict when his next win will come. Last season was a lot better for Peavy as he posted a 12 - 5 record with an ERA of 4.17 in 23 starts for the Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.
In 2013, Peavy didn't face the Astros and he has never faced them in his long career. But the veteran pitcher should be able to come up with a plan of action for the Houston lineup.
Collin McHugh posted his 5th straight loss in his last start and that dropped his record to 4 - 8 with a 3.28 ERA. In the loss, McHugh surrendered 3 runs on 4 hits in 4 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 4. The lack of run support contributed to that loss but McHugh bears responsibility for most of his losses. Last season, McHugh was 0 - 4 with a 10.04 ERA in 5 starts and 2 relief appearances for the Colorado Rockies and the New York Mets.
In 2013, McHugh didn't face the Red Sox and he has only seen 2 of their hitters in his career. Jonathan Herrera is 0 for 2 against McHugh and David Ross is 0 for 1.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 36-52-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.6
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 43-47-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Houston Astros is -0.8
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
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)
Josh's Pick: Take Houston
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