Houston Astros Vs Boston Red Sox - A Best of Three Series
The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox are set to meet in a best-of-three series. This is the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since 2018. For the Red Sox, it is the team's first appearance in the ALCS. They defeated the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game. Boston vs Houston
For the Astros, this will be their third trip to the World Series in the last five years. They have won more than half of their home and road series against the Red Sox. Both the Astros and Red Sox have had great success against each other in recent playoff seasons.
The Red Sox and Astros both have a very strong offensive team. In the regular season, the Astros outscored the Red Sox by 42-25. In the postseason, they have been able to outscore their opponents by almost ten runs per game.
However, the Red Sox have a much better home record than the Astros. In fact, the Red Sox have won more home games than any other team in baseball this year. Even so, the Astros have won five of seven head-to-head matches with the Sox.
Although the Red Sox have won their last three games, they have a 2-5 record in their last eight games. That includes two losses in the American League Championship Series to the Yankees and an upset loss to the Rays in the ALDS. It will be very important for the Red Sox to win the first game of the series to take the lead in the series.
The Astros have an overall record of 22-10-2. As a result, they have been a small underdog in most sportsbooks. But their record on the road has been better than any other team in the MLB. They have a winning road record of 66-22.
While the city of Houston is a lot larger than Boston, the metro area is only about 7.1 million people. Despite this, the crime rate in the Houston area is over eleven times higher than the national average. The city is also vulnerable to flooding. If the weather is bad in the area, residents can expect up to 48 inches of rain in a single month.
The Houston Astros have a 3-2 record in their last five games. They have won six of their last nine at Fenway Park, and have a 2-1 lead in this series. Their offense has slowed down to just 4.8 runs per game in the last five games. However, their pitching has been solid, especially with Justin Verlander.
After losing in the opening game of the ALDS to the Rays, the Red Sox turned things around with a win in the second and a grand slam in the third. Chris Sale pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two runs. He was relieved by Craig Kimbrel. Alex Bregman hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game.