Luis Garcia exited Game 2 of the ALCS with right-knee discomfort, which led to an uproar of Boston Red Sox faithful calling the Houston Astros out on the situation. It wasn’t because Garcia left the game, but that Jake Odorizzi took close to 15 minutes to warm up.
The reasoning is ignorant, while starting pitchers, and most pitchers in fact, are creatures of habit, as Odorizzi compressed his 45-minute routine into less than 15 minutes. Game 2 messed with the Astros pitching plans, while Odorizzi was anticipated to start Game 4 in Boston.
Garcia feels a lot better now, after throwing a bullpen on Sunday, but the whole situation has taken a tole on the Astros’ pitching plans.
Now, the Red Sox will look to Eduardo Rodriguez in Game 3, who started twice against Houston during the regular season. The left-hander’s outings ended after 4.2 innings both times, while he surrendered six runs in both matchups. The Astros have 13 hits and five walks against Rodriguez this season, as they have had his number at home and on the road.
What Time is the Astros Game Today?
First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. CT.
What Channel is the Astros Game on Today?
Today’s game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 1.
Astros vs. Red Sox Odds Today
On the moneyline, the Astros are at +105 with the Red Sox at -115 by WynnBET.
The spread is set at -1.5 (+155) for the Astros and +1.5 (-200) for the Red Sox. If you’re looking to bet on total runs for the game (9.0), the under is set at +100 and the over is set at -120. For more MLB bets, check out WynnBET.
Astros Pitcher Today: Jose Urquidy
Jose Urquidy has yet to appear in a postseason game this season, after being swapped with Lance McCullers Jr. in Game 4 of the ALDS. The right-hander hasn’t pitched in a live game since Oct. 3, where he went six innings on 84 pitches.
Urquidy faced the Red Sox once this season at Minute Maid Park, where he tossed six innings on 87 pitches. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and a walk, while punching out nine in the process.
The right-hander has seen a limited pitch count all season, while he has only surpassed 100 pitches in two starts. Urquidy can eat innings on minimal pitches thrown, but with over two weeks off, it will be interesting to see the Astros’ plans for Urquidy in Game 3.
Astros Starting Lineup
Red Sox vs. Astros Prediction Today
Game 2 had its own small victories for the Astros. They got to five Boston hurlers, while throwing up five runs on the board. Even after an early-game collapse, the Astros’ offense was still alive, but heading into Game 3 will be much different.
This is a must-win for Houston, while their Game 4 pitching plan could fall to some bullpen arms being drained. Backed behind a fresh Urquidy, the Astros will work Rodriguez out of the game early like they have done twice this season, putting them up one game in the series.
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