Houston at Boston: These teams met for just one prior series this season just after Memorial Day in Houston. The Astros won the first two games and the Red Sox won the final two. Three of the four games went OVER the Total with one UNDER as the teams averaged 9.3 total runs per game. Houston has the edge in starting pitching although both Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole have shown signs of fatigue in several of the recent starts after being consistently dominant prior to the All Star break.
Boston is virtually assured of having the best record in the American League and Houston is virtually assured of being seeded second even though the likely Wild Card Yankees have a very slightly better record. Boston ace Chris Sale remains on the DL but is considered likely to return for this series. With the exception of a start by Sale, the best way to approach this series is to look OVER the Total .
Look to play OVER 8 or lower in any matchup not involving Sale. As to playing a side, if either team is an underdog of +125 or more that team can be played with one exception. If Sale starts for the Sox then Houston would be playable only if priced at +150 or more. His start can be played UNDER 7.5 or higher if he is opposed by Verlander or Cole.