Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros ALCS Game 5 MLB Betting Odds Preview

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The Champagne will be on ice as the Houston Astros will look to stave off elimination against the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Red Sox and Astros get things started from Houston on Thursday October 18th at 8PM Eastern Time and TBS TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The Boston Red Sox are up 3-1 in this best of seven series after the 8-6 victory against Houston. Boston has hammered the Astros pitching in their three wins scoring 7 runs in Game 2 then 8 runs in the past two games. Red Sox are getting production from Jackie Bradley Jr. who hit a homer in Game 4 and drove in two runs. Bradley in this series has hit two home runs and drove in nine RBIs. What has happened in this series is Justin Verlander has pitched well in the series opener. But the Red Sox were able to hit the rest of the Houston starters and their bullpen. It is asking too much for the Astros good hitting lineup to match the 7 and 8 runs the Red Sox are plating in their wins in this series.

In their Game 4 win Red Sox starter Rick Porcello worked only four innings and allowed four runs. Red Sox bullpen tossed the final five innings surrendering only two runs. Porcello has been bailed out by run support this season. Astros starter Charlie Morton hadn’t pitched since September 30th and gave up three runs in 2 1/3rd innings of work. Once again, the Houston bullpen got lit up as they gave up five runs in the final 6 2/3rd innings.

Justin Verlander will start for Houston as he opposes David Price for the Red Sox. Verlander is the best starter for the Astros. Houston has won both of his starts in the postseason including in Game 1 at Boston where he allowed two runs and two hits in six innings. Price has struggled in the postseason during his career. In two postseason starts this season Price has allowed seven runs in 6 1/3rd innings with three homers.

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