Astros Vs. Red Sox Odds And Pick, ALCS Game 4: Pressure Falls On Greinke

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Boy, are the Boston Red Sox hot! They have hit three grand slams in the past two games of this ALCS, equalling the Braves’ post-season record set in 2008.

As predicted, the Red Sox jumped all over Jose Urquidy early and often Monday night, and the righty did not make it past the second inning. Desperate for a win, the Astros turn to Zack Greinke for ALCS Game 4. Greinke has looked terrible this season for Houston and has his work cut out for him against this difficult to deal with Red Sox lineup.

ALCS Game 4 Starting Pitchers

Zack Greinke vs. Nick Pivetta

ALCS Game 4 Odds And Updated Series Price

With a 2-1 lead and the next two games at home, the Red Sox are now -200 to win the series, and the Astros have quickly become underdogs at +150 on PointsBet. DraftKings is offering sports bettors more value on the Astros, putting them as +170 underdogs

The Red Sox are +240 to win the World Series, just behind the Atlanta Braves, who check-in at +200 on FanDuel.

Game 4 is crucial for the Astros, but they are priced as underdogs on the road.

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Astros Game 4 Keys To Victory

Are the bats going to wake up and put runs on the board? Are their pitchers going to put them in a massive hole to start the game? Houston has been dominated in all facets the last two games. Down 2-1, this is their make-or-break point. It is as close to a must-win as you can get.

  • Zack Greinke has not thrown more than three innings since September 19. An ideal start for Greinke looks like five innings while giving up one run, The Astros have not gotten any help from their bullpen, and the starters tend to put them in deep holes early. If Greinke gives up some runs in the first two innings, expect the Astros to panic and throw in Jake Odorizzi again.
  • Carlos Correa is one for his last eight at-bats since he hit a home run to put the Astros up for good in Game 1. He, along with Jose Altuve, are extremely important to this team. Altuve is 0 for his last nine. These two need to produce for Houston to have any chance Tuesday.
  •  The Astros won’t want to get into an extra-inning affair with the Red Sox and would be wise to have a “long-guy” available if this game goes deep into the night.

Red Sox Game 4 Keys To Victory

Jose Urquidy was rattled, to say the least Monday. Pressure falls on Greinke, as the Astros bullpen is taxed.

  • Knocking around starters in Games 2 and 3, the Red Sox have worn down the Astros bullpen. If the Sox can get to Greinke early, the Astros are unlikely to have many answers. Between Kike Hernandez, JD Martinez, Kyle Schwarber, and more, the Red Sox are in a great position.
  • Eduardo Rodriguez was excellent Monday, which is worrisome for the Astros. The Red Sox pitchers have been able to put the Astros to sleep throughout the series. Pivetta is far from the Red Sox best pitcher, and if the Red Sox can win with one of their worst starters, Game 4 will be telling.
  • Boston gave up a three-run homer to Kyle Tucker before handing the ball to the bullpen. The bullpen did not yield a run en route to a 12-3 win. The bullpen continues to amaze me.

ALCS Game 4 Pick

Expect more early-inning fireworks. OVER 5.5 run first five innings (FanDuel) is the play.

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Erich Richter

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