Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox ALCS

Astros Top Baseball Betting Games Chalk over Boston in ALCS

October 16, 2018 MLB Baseball, Sportsbook

A clear difference is being experience by Houston this year compared to last.  Alternatively, the Astros were the underdog surprise World Series champion in 2017.  In turn they caught a lot of gamblers off guard with baseball betting games. But for 2018 the role has reversed.  Now the Astros are the favorite to repeat as American League champions.  Despite the fact that Houston is favored they are facing the team with the best record in baseball.  Indeed, Boston posted a record of 108-54.  And the Red Sox were among the most profitable teams on the board this year.

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox ALCS

Date and Time: October 16 Boston Red Sox through October 21, 2018

Location:  Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas and Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

Baseball Betting Online Odds at SBG:

TeamSpreadTotal
Red Sox+1½ (-175)8½ (EV)
Astros-1½ (+155)8½ (-120)
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Boston Red Sox

Boston’s big advantage for baseball betting games is the top scoring offense in MLB.  Accordingly, the Red Sox ranked first for batting average and OPS.  Balanced against that is a pitching staff that was good but not dominant.  To be exact Boston ranked 14th in MLB for quality starts.

Houston Astros

Despite going 103-59 Houston finished the season in the red.  For this reason, it is important to factor in the betting public.  As defending champions, the Astros draw a lot of casual wagering cash.

Stats to Consider

On the whole Boston has struggled to maintain betting value on the road.  Accordingly, the Red Sox have lost 11 of their last 19 away games.  Additionally, five of the Red Sox last seven road tilts went over the total.  Balanced against that is Boston’s recent record at Fenway Park.  In fact, the Red Sox have won 10 of their last 17 home games.  Just one of their last 11 games at Fenway park went under the total.

Important Numbers of this Game

Houston has been one of the top baseball wagering values as a home team recently.  As a matter of fact, the Astros have paid in 13 of their last 16 games at Minute Maid Park.  Just one of their last six home games have gone under the total.  By contrast is Houston’s tremendous numbers as a road betting value.  Fashion the Astros record of 16-4 away from home in their last 20 in that role.  Seven of their last 10 road games have gone under the total.

Team vs Team

Boston hasn’t held good sportsbook wagering value at home against the Astros.  For example, Houston has paid in seven of their last ten against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  Five of the last seven between these teams at Boston went over the total.  At the same time the Astros have had the edge over the Red Sox at home.  To illustrate Houston has paid in nine of their last 15 at Minute Maid Park against Boston.  Six of the last seven in this head to head series at Houston went over the total.

Matchup to Watch

Fashion Houston’s top ranked pitching staff as the baseball betting games matchup advantage.  Hence the Astros ranked first for bullpen and second for quality starts.  In contrast the Red Sox cannot compare on the hill with Houston.

Astros vs. Red Sox MLB Betting Odds Picks

Summing up Houston’s superior pitching is the difference in this series.

ALCS Baseball Betting Online Pick:  Houston Astros

ALCS Baseball Betting Online Series Pick:  Astros 4, Red Sox 3

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