The Houston Astros‘ bullpen game on Tuesday was enough to get past the Boston Red Sox with a ninth inning resurgence from the offense. Jason Castro’s go-ahead single started the rally, while his heroics didn’t warrant a start for Game 5.
The Red Sox are sending Chris Sale to the mound, who started Game 1 as well. The left-hander probably sent Castro to the bench, while the catcher slashed .180/.281/.280 in 59 plate appearances against lefties in the regular season.
Martin Maldonado has only one knock this postseason but hit .212/.294/.372 against lefties during the regular season. Once Framber Valdez’s outing is over, it would behoove the Astros to hand the reins off to Castro.
Jake Meyers’ injury has gotten worse over the last couple days, as he tries to work back. Manager Dusty Baker says Meyers can’t be removed from the roster, since he has an existing injury, as reported by Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
What Time is the Astros Game Today?
First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 4:08 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 +112 with the Red Sox at -122 by WynnBET.
The spread is set at +1.5 (-175) for the Astros and -1.5 (+155) for the Red Sox. If you’re looking to bet on total runs for the game (9.5), the under is set at -115 and the over is set at -105. For more MLB bets, check out WynnBET.
Astros Pitcher Today: Framber Valdez
Framber Valdez picks up his second start of the ALCS in Game 5, while his Game 1 start didn’t go to plan. The left-hander exited after only 2.2 innings on 64 pitches. Valdez allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks, while only striking out two in the process.
Astros Starting Lineup
Centerfield splits against left-handed pitchers:
Jose Siri: .333/.412/.667 (17 PA)
Chas McCormick: .244/.330/.500 (91 PA)
Siri’s sample size is much smaller, so defensive range and speed could be factors for the start.
Red Sox vs. Astros Prediction Today
The Astros’ bullpen showed out in Game 4 of the ALCS, so the arm usage will be different heading into Game 5. Backed behind a quality start by Valdez, the Astros’ offense will jump all over Sale again and take Game 5.
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