Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros MLB Pick – August 3

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout Wednesday. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout August 3. One of these games will be between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win. This game will start at around 2:10 PM Eastern time.

Boston has earned a record of 53-52 so far on the season, which has them sitting in last place of the AL East. The Red Sox have won three games in a row, but are 5-5 throughout their last 10 games. Boston is two games back on a wild card spot entering this one. The Red Sox will look to step up on the road early in this matchup.

The Astros have put up a record of 67-38 throughout the season, which has them in first place of the AL West. Houston has lost their last two games and are 4-6 in their last 10. The Astros have an eleven game lead on the second place Seattle Mariners for the division. Houston will look to bounce back with a win at home on Wednesday.

These two teams have earned winning records this season and will look for a fast start in this one. The Red Sox will look to step up as they try to move closer to a wild card position. Houston will look to get back on track and extend their lead on the division. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Boston Red Sox +1 ½ (-110) +170 Over 8 ½ (-110)
Houston Astros -1 ½ (-110) -210 Under 8 ½ (-110)
Team Data Boston Red Sox Houston Astros
Overall Record 53-52 67-38
Away/ Home Record 27-25 33-17
Batting Average .254 .240
Batting Average Away/ Home .244 .246
ERA 4.25 3.03
ERA Away/ Home 3.73 2.77

Betting Trends

Boston Red Sox

  • 2-0 in August games
  • 8-7 when playing on Wednesday
  • 16-18 in day games
  • 36-44 against right handers
  • 27-25 after a win
  • 23-29 against team with a winning record

Houston Astros

  • 0-2 in August
  • 8-7 when playing on a Wednesday
  • 28-12 in day games
  • 43-27 against right handed starters
  • 27-11 after a loss

These two teams have met up five times on the season. The first three games were in Boston between May 16-18. The Astros lost two of those three games on the road. The Red Sox have won the first two games of this set on the road as well. Both teams have scored 20 runs in those games so far. Houston will look to get the win though in this one.

Offense

The Red Sox have been solid at the plate on the season. Boston has a batting average of .254, which is 6th in the league. The Red Sox have put up a .314 OBP, which is 15th in the MLB. Boston has earned an OPS of .723, which is 12th in the league. The Red Sox have hit .250 against right handers this season.

Houston has been strong hitting the ball as well throughout the season. The Astros have a .240 batting average, which is 18th in the MLB. Houston has earned an on base percentage of .317, which is 12th in the league. The Astros have posted a .739, which is 6th in the MLB. Houston has a BA of .240 against righties.

These two teams have been solid this season and will look to step up in this one. Boston has the better batting average, while the Astros are better in the OBP and OPS department. The Red Sox have 11 hits and 5 runs in the first two games of this series. Houston has earned 14 hits and 3 runs. The Astros will look to hit better with players on base in this one.

Pitching Preview

Brayan Bello will likely get the start on the mound for the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. Bello has appeared in four games this season, going 0-3 in those outings. He has put up an ERA of 8.82 and 2.27 WHIP in those games. Bello’s last start was against the Milwaukee Brewers. He gave up four hits and two runs through four and a third innings in the loss.

I expect Jose Urquidy to get the nod at pitcher for Houston in this one. Urquidy has earned a record of 9-4 throughout his 19 starts this season. He has posted a 3.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21 in those outings. Urquidy pitched six and two thirds innings in his last start against the Seattle Mariners. He gave up four hits and two runs in the no decision.

Urquidy has been the better pitcher this season and will look for a strong start. He has won three of his last five starts. The Astros have the edge in the bullpen in this one. Houston’s relievers have 2.74 ERA, which is 1st in the league. Boston’s bullpen has a combined ERA of 4.22, which is 25th in the MLB. Both teams will look for pitching to step up in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid on the season and will look to step up on Wednesday. The Astros have the edge on the mound in this one and will look to bounce back. Boston has won the first two games, but I think they lose this game. If Houston can hit well early, I think they can earn the win in this matchup.

Bovada has the Astros listed as a -210 against the money line in this one. This implies that Houston will win this game around 67.7 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but has little value. The Astros are also listed at -1 ½ for -110. I think Houston will get their bats going early in this one, which could lead to a dominant win on Wednesday.

The Bet
Houston Astros -1.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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