Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros – June 18, 2017

The Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week features the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros. The Boston Red Sox won a pitchers dual on Friday night in the first game of the series. The win of the Red Sox moved them to 38-29 on the season. The win pushed the Red Sox to just a game back of the Yankees.

The Houston Astros have the best record in all of Major League Baseball. The Astros are 45-23, and have a massive lead on the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. The Boston Red Sox are small favorites in this game. The Red Sox are listed at -122 over the Houston Astros for Sunday Night Baseball.

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Astros Blowing Away Division

The Houston Astros have been running away with the division. The Astros came into the series +102 in run differential. Houston is second in all of baseball in runs scored, and have the best batting average. Jose Altuve has been red hot as of late, and leads the team with a .320 batting average.

George Springer is putting together a fantastic season for Houston. Springer has 18 homeruns and has drove in 43 runs. The pitching for Houston has also been impressive. The Astros have a team earned run average of 3.72, which is fourth in all of baseball. Houston also has 29 quality starts from their starters.

Red Sox Seeking .500 on the Road

With the win on Friday, the Boston Red Sox moved to 17-18 on the road this season. Boston is looking to get back to .500, and use that along with their +10 at home. Boston won four straight games, until they were shut-out in Philadelphia on Thursday. The win for the Phillies avoided the four game sweep.

The Red Sox offense is batting .269 on the season. The Red Sox are led by Mookie Betts, with 11 homeruns and a .280 batting average. Xander Bogaerts leads the team with a .320 batting average, and Andrew Benintendi has drove in 39 runs. The Boston starting pitching has recorded 37 quality starts, which is 2nd most in Major League Baseball.

Price is Right for Boston

David Price is throwing for the Boston Red Sox. The lefthander is 1-1 on the season, with a 5.09 earned run average. Price spent much of the first two months on the disabled list. Price has thrown 23 innings, and struck out 21 batters.

Joe Musgrove will pitch for the Houston Astros. Musgrove is 4-5 on the season, and has an ERA of 4.81. Musgrove has thrown 58 innings, and struck out 45 batters, while walking just 18. Look for the Boston offense to get after Musgrove, but the big story will be Price against the Houston offense. Bet the Boston Red Sox -122 over the Houston Astros.

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