Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox - 10/20/21 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox - 10/20/21 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox (98-72) vs Houston Astros (99-70)

Game Info: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:08 pm (Fenway Park)

Chris Sale (5-1) (4.08) vs Framber Valdez (11-6) (3.37)

Betting Odds: Boston Red Sox -130 / Houston Astros +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox face off on Wednesday in Game 5 of the ALCS at Fenway Park. The series is currently tied at 2-2. 

In the first three games of the series, the offense of the Red Sox has been explosive, scoring a total of 25 runs. In game 4, the Sox did not see that same explosiveness, only scoring twice to Houston's nine. Jose Altuve drilled a homer directly at the monster to tie it up in the eighth. It seemed like a strike to Eovaldi, but the Umpire, Diaz, called it a ball. Many feel like Diaz robbed Eovaldi of a strike here. According to ESPN Stat Info, Diaz missed 21 ball-strike calls on the night. Houston would take over in the 9th, punishing Boston with seven more runs. 

The Astros struck first in this one, but a two-run homer by Bogarts gave Boston the lead for most of the game. The Sox missed many chances to pull this one away. The Astros pitching staff gave Boston many chances to grow their lead as they left 11 runners on base. 

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Overall, the Red Sox are the hotter team. One poor performance, and a lopsided 9th inning doesn’t seem like enough to jump on Houston here. Barring the improvement in calls, the addition of Sales, and the motivation of being wronged, I see the Sox bouncing back and then some. The Red Sox seemed to be dominating this series from the start and I think that will hold up in Game 5.

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Clayton’s Pick Boston Red Sox -130

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