Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros Prediction, 6/2/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+130) Houston (-167)
Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros (29-24, 2nd in AL West) host the Boston Red Sox (32-21, 2nd in AL East) at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The line on this contest has the Red Sox priced at +130 and the Astros are at -167. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Nick Pivetta and Framber Valdez.
As a team, the Boston Red Sox are putting up 5.1 runs per outing, which puts them at 3rd in the league. They have a total of 269 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .319. The Red Sox have recorded 119 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 69 baseballs out of the stadium. They have recorded 249 RBI's and 464 base knocks this season, and their batting average is .259. Boston owns a slugging percentage of .446 and have struck out 467 times, while drawing a walk on 141 occasions.
The Red Sox have an earned run average of 3.99 on the campaign (15th in the league), and they have struck out 499 hitters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.76 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.34. Red Sox pitchers have allowed 39 long balls and 224 runs (14th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 181 opposing hitters and their FIP is 3.41 as a squad on the campaign.
The Red Sox have sent 169 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The relief pitchers have inherited 76 runners on the campaign and 34.2% of those runners earned a run for their team. They have compiled 16 saves for the season and have not converted 7 of their 23 save opportunities. The Red Sox relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 69.6% and has entered the game in 60 save situations. The relief pitchers have earned 37 holds on the season (5th in baseball). Red Sox pitchers have entered the game with opponents on base 49 times as well as having 68 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Boston Red Sox have accumulated 1,393 putouts this year, in addition to 472 assists and 34 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .982 which has them ranked 23rd in baseball, and they have turned 365 double plays. The Red Sox have converted 66.0% of baseballs in play into outs in their 4,179 innings, which has them sitting 30th in baseball.
Pivetta (27-30 career record) holds a FIP of 4.46 while he has faced 1,994 batters during his time in the major leagues. He has allowed 470 hits (9.2 hits per nine innings) and has 179 walks. His earned run average is 5.22 (267 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.411. Pivetta has taken the mound for 460 innings and has 493 punch outs in his MLB career.
The Astros have a team slugging % of .424 and they are earning 5.36 runs per contest (1st in baseball). They have tallied 99 doubles, while taking a walk 181 times and scoring 284 runs. Houston has accumulated 60 HRs so far this season as well as 267 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 368 occasions (30th in MLB) and have accounted for 489 base hits. The Houston Astros hold an on-base percentage of .336 as well as a team batting average of .267 on the year.
The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.205 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.29 as a squad for the year. They are sitting at 10th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 393. The Houston pitching staff have yielded 227 runs on the season while holding a team ERA of 3.87 (205 earned runs allowed). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.64 (478 strikeouts vs 181 walks). They have surrendered 69 homers and they relinquish 4.29 runs per 9 innings (12th in MLB).
Houston relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 40.0% of 85 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 59 times in high leverage situations in addition to 54 occasions with runners on base. Sitting with 47 save situations, the Astros have accrued 26 holds and also 10 blown saves. They sit at 26th in MLB holding a save percentage of 50.0%, and they have sent 170 bullpen pitchers to the mound this year. Houston has called on relievers to enter the game in 20 save chances and they have tallied 10 saves.
Out of their 4,290 innings on the diamond, the Astros have a efficiency on defense of 72.7% (2nd in pro baseball). The Houston Astros have turned 44 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (3rd in the majors). The Astros have racked up 445 assists, 21 errors and have a total of 1,430 putouts this season.
Valdez (13-11 career mark) is the owner of a 4.15 ERA and has surrendered 7.9 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.12 and he has faced 789 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 84 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.355 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.1. So far in his pro baseball career, Valdez has allowed 161 base hits while tallying 182 punch outs in 182 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (-167)
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