Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox - 5/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox - 5/18/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox (14-22) vs Houston Astros (24-13)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Nick Pivetta (1-4) (5.08) vs Luis Garcia (3-1) (2.94)

Betting Odds: Boston Red Sox +125 / Houston Astros -145 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros will play the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of their series at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

The Houston Astros are 24-13 this season and have alternated wins and losses over their last five games. Houston lost Game 1 of this series by a score of 6-3, but won Game 2 by a score of 13-4. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.01 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .223 opponent batting average this season. The Astros offense has scored 167 runs with a .233 batting average and a .312 on base percentage. Yordan Alvarez is batting .259 with 12 home runs and 22 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Luis Garcia, who is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over 33.2 innings pitched this season.

The Boston Red Sox are 14-22 this season and have lost two of their last three games. Prior to this series, Boston won two out of three games against the Rangers. The Boston pitching staff has a 3.87 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a .226 opponent batting average. The Red Sox offense has scored 136 runs with a .238 batting average and a .294 on base percentage this year. Rafael Devers is batting .333 with seven home runs and 20 RBI’s for the Red Sox this season. The projected starter for Boston is Nick Pivetta, who is 1-4 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 33.2 innings pitched this season.

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Houston is 4-0 in their last game 3’s of a series and 18-5 in their last 23 games. The under is 20-7 in Houston’s last 27 games. Boston is 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a right handed starting pitcher. The under is 4-1-1 in Boston’s last 6 home games. The over is 8-2 in these two teams last 10 head to head meetings.

Houston has been one of the better teams in the MLB this year and is going up against a pitcher that has struggled early on, but has had two quality starts in a row. For the Astros, they are sending Garcia to the mound, who has been very solid this season. I actually like the under in this game if Pivetta can keep up with his last two starts.

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