MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IAugust 7, 2013

MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jarred Cosart hasn't allowed a home run in 28 innings this season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks on Wednesday as he takes on the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park.

    Courtesy of SBR Forum, the Astros are plus-150 home underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 8.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.  

Boston Red Sox

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    The Boston Red Sox have already equaled their season win total from a year ago. The team is currently sitting 1.5 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East standings.

    Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break. 

Houston Astros

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    The Houston Astros are 1-5 in their last six games. They will attempt to bounce back from a 15-10 defeat to the Boston Red Sox as plus-159 home underdogs on Tuesday.

    Astros starting pitcher Jarred Cosart is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his first four outings as a professional. 


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Houston Astros in the first five innings, as the Boston Red Sox haven't been road favorites of minus-150 to minus-175 this season.

    MLB Pick: Houston Astros plus-150 First Five Innings 


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