Astros Make Statement
It only took two innings for the Houston Astros to make a huge comeback statement against the Boston Red Sox. The Astros unleashed five home runs and scored nine runs in the second inning of Tuesday’s 13-4 rout. All five home runs were hit off Nathan Eovaldi, spoiling his chance at redemption from last year’s American League Championship Series loss. Houston will look to keep rolling in Wednesday’s rubber match.
Astros Pull Off Rare Five-HR Inning
The bats definitely came alive in a big way for the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. After seeing just five pitches in the first inning, the Astros pummeled five home runs in the top of the second inning and drove Red Sox starter Eovaldi from the game. The Astros collected 15 hits and six home runs in the win.
As if the Astros needed to prove that they can put up runs in bunches with their power, they did exactly that and need to continue that trend. Now we know every game can’t be a breakout slugfest like Tuesday’s contest, but consistency will help the Astros in the AL West race with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Astros will push to take the series win on Wednesday night with some confidence after the beating they put on the Red Sox. They have the right guy on the mound to help make that happen. Luis Garcia, who dominated the Red Sox in Game 6 of the ALCS last year to send the Astros to the World Series, will take the bump in the series finale.
Woes Continue for Red Sox
To say that Tuesday night went wrong for the Boston Red Sox after a good win on Monday night would be a huge understatement. Eovaldi imploded in the second inning and when that inning was done, the game could have been over right then and there. The air had been sucked out of their sails with little hope of refilling them.
Games like these show exactly what the Red Sox season has been and is going to continue to look like in 2022. The Red Sox just don’t have the pitching to compete and offensively there is no consistency to be had. The Red Sox need to accept that 2022 is not their year and look forward to 2023.
In the meantime, the Red Sox need to develop some good young pitching and continue to shape their young core of upcoming stars. They have the ability, which was shown in 2021. But right now they need to focus on the future and what the possibilities can be when they get their starting rotation healthy.
Astros vs Red Sox Head-to-Head
The season series is tied 1-1 between the Astros and Red Sox. The Astros will send Garcia to the mound with a 3-1 record and 2.94 ERA. On the flip side, the Boston Red Sox will send Nick Pivetta to the mound at 1-4 with an inflated 5.08 ERA.
Astros vs Red Sox Game Information
- Game: Astros (24-13) vs Red Sox (14-22)
- Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 18th, 6:10 p.m. ET
- Astros vs Red Sox Live Stream: MLB.tv
Astros vs Red Sox Betting Lines
L. Garcia -R
|-1½ +115||-140||9 Evo||4½ -130o /
|Boston Red Sox
N. Pivetta -R
|+1½ -135||+125||9 -120u||3½ -140o /
Astros vs Red Sox Prediction
The sportsbooks have the Astros as favorites at -140. More than likely this is due to the lopsided matchup on the mound and the ability of the Astros to put up large amounts of runs in a hurry. MLB lines do have the Astros favored +115 on the runline, which is probably a better bet.
The Red Sox might be worth it to take a risk on the underdog at +125, but with the pitching matchup and after the 13-4 trouncing, it is hard to wrap your mind around that bet.
When you bet online, take the -1½ runline for the Astros at +115 .