The Houston Astros are set to begin their fifth consecutive ALCS on Friday, as the Boston Red Sox head to Minute Maid Park for the best-of-seven series. The roof at Minute Maid Park will be closed for Games 1 and 2 to open the ALCS.
The Red Sox probable starter is Chris Sale, who faces the Astros for the first time since May 24, 2019, when Robinson Chirinos, Josh Reddick, Tyler White, Jake Marisnick and of course George Springer were in the lineup.
Since returning from Tommy John surgery, Sale has pitched in nine games, posting a 3.16 ERA through 42.2 innings of work. The left-hander’s strikeout per nine innings dropped to 11 in 2021, which is the lowest it has been since 2016.
Sale pitched in one inning of the ALDS against Tampa Bay, where he allowed five runs on four hits and a walk. The left-hander’s velocity has wavered this season as well, while consistently hitting low 90s more recently on his fastball.
Josh Reddick will be throwing out the first pitch in Game 1, while Booker T announces “play ball” before the start of the game.
What Time is the Astros Game Today?
First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. CT.
What Channel is the Astros Game on Today?
Today’s game will be broadcasted on Fox.
Astros vs. Red Sox Odds Today
On the moneyline, the Astros are at -135 with the Red Sox at +125 by WynnBET.
The spread is set at -1.5 (+140) for the Astros and +1.5 (-160) for the Red Sox. If you’re looking to bet on total runs for the game (8.0), the under is set at -120 and the over is set at +100. For more MLB bets, check out WynnBET.
Astros Pitcher Today: Framber Valdez
Framber Valdez gets the ball in Game 1 against a Red Sox’ lineup that is usually dominated by right-handed bats. The left-hander pitched 12.1 innings against Boston this season, allowing only two runs in that span.
The left-hander struck out 18 batters to two walks, which is the best collection of statistics for Valdez against any team this season. Valdez has pitched better against righties than lefties this year, keeping them at a .219/.305/.321 line.
Astros Starting Lineup
Astros ALCS Roster
Red Sox vs. Astros Prediction Today
The Astros haven’t faced Sale since 2019, and with their postseason success against the left-hander in recent years, the Astros might have the advantage in Game 1. Valdez has also had the Red Sox’ number this season, so backed by a dominant start, I’m taking the Astros.
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