Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox 9/8/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, September 8, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Charlie Morton vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
The Houston Astros head to Fenway Park on Saturday, September 8, 2018 to take on the Boston Red Sox. The expected starting pitchers are Charlie Morton for the Astros and Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox.
The odds for this matchup have Houston at +105 and Boston at -115. The Astros have a 61-72-7 over/under mark and a 72-68-0 run line record. The Red Sox are 83-58-0 against the run line and have a 66-69-6 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 61-72-7 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 72-68-0 against the run line
Important Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 66-69-6 against the over/under
The Boston Red Sox are 83-58-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
09/06/18 P Charlie Morton Shoulder 10-day DL (08/29); expected to be activated and start Saturday vs Boston Red Sox
09/06/18 LF Marwin Gonzalez Oblique is questionable Friday vs Boston Red Sox
09/03/18 P Hector Rondon Wrist left last game, is questionable for next start
08/05/18 P Lance McCullers Jr. Elbow 10-day DL (08/05)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
09/04/18 P David Price Wrist is probable for next start Friday vs Houston
08/18/18 P Chris Sale Shoulder 10-day DL (08/15)
06/02/18 2B Dustin Pedroia Knee 60-day DL (05/30)
05/15/18 P Carson Smith Shoulder 60-day DL (05/15)
03/30/18 P Austin Maddox Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 SS Marco Hernandez Shoulder 60-day DL (03/29)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 87-53 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton has a 13-3 record with an earned run average of 3.14 and a WHIP of 1.18 this year. He has 185 strikeouts over his 152 innings pitched and he's given up 118 hits. He allows 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.59. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.93 and they have given up 323 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen and they've struck out 498 hitters and walked 110 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.08. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 1,002 base hits and 431 earned runs. They have allowed 130 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 370 batters and struck out 1,470. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.09 and their FIP as a unit is 3.18.
As a team Houston is hitting .256, good for 7th in the league. The Astros hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Yuli Gurriel is hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .310. He has 127 hits this season in 461 at bats with 68 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .408 and an OPS+ of 99. Alex Bregman is hitting .298 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .399. He has totaled 156 hits and he has driven in 96 men in 524 at bats. His OPS+ is 164 while his slugging percentage is at .557. The Astros have 1,209 hits, including 252 doubles and 181 home runs. Houston has walked 487 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,048 times as a unit. They have left 903 men on base and have a team OPS of .760. They score 4.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 695 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Boston has a 97-44 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.34, Eduardo Rodriguez has a 12-3 record and a 1.20 WHIP this season. He has 122 strikeouts over the 110.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 99 hits. He allows 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.36. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 420 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Red Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 525 batters and walked 199 opposing hitters. As a team, Boston allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.62. The Red Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,134 base knocks and 511 earned runs this season. They have given up 149 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. Boston as a staff has walked 436 hitters and struck out 1,355 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.73.
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 1st in the league. The Red Sox hold a .455 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. J.D. Martinez comes into this matchup batting .335 with an OBP of .407. He has 170 hits this year along with 115 RBI in 507 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .641 with an OPS+ of 176. Andrew Benintendi is hitting .292 this season and he has an OBP of .373. He has collected 148 hits in 506 at bats while driving in 78 runs. He has an OPS+ of 129 and a slugging percentage of .484. The Red Sox as a unit have 1,314 base hits, including 310 doubles and 182 homers. Boston has walked 484 times this year and they have struck out on 1,079 occasions. They have had 963 men left on base and have an OPS of .793. They have scored 5.43 runs per game and totaled 766 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Red Sox MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros +105
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