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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MLB Odds: Chris Sale Takes Mound for Red Sox in Game 1

This Sunday, Manager John Farrell, announced that his Ace, Chris Sale, would start Game 1 on the road for the Boston Red Sox (+135) against the Houston Astros. The MLB leader in strikeouts (308) will make his first postseason appearance on Thursday (4:08 PM ET on FOX).

Although Houston (-165) hasn’t announced its starter yet, rest assured that we’ll see either fellow lefty Dallas Keuchel or the unbeatable righthander Justin Verlander. Both pitchers have Cy Young awards on their resume, and have been on fire of late. Keuchel has surrendered a total of four runs over his previous three starts (18 innings pitched) while Verlander has been basically unhittable since joining the Astros. He’s won all six games that he started as an Astro, and has given up only four runs in blue and orange. No matter who Houston sends to the mound this Thursday, the Red Sox will be in tough.

In the 2017 regular season, Houston took the season series four games to three. October baseball is an entirely different story, however. The winner will be determined by who is able to carry momentum into each game and who will capitalize on the other’s mistakes. It’s finally here - playoff baseball.

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MLB Odds: Boston heads to Houston for Game 1

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox will visit Minute Maid Park to take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 in the best-of-five series. Sale is coming off of a Cy Young-caliber year, which saw him strike out a Major League and career-best 308 batters, while holding opponents to a 2.90 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

Sale will be up against a Houston Astros team that ranked first in the MLB in runs scored, hits, and placed second in homeruns. Led by second baseman José Altuve, the Astros’ potent offense will attempt to break through against one of the league’s toughest pitchers. Don’t miss any of the action this Thursday (4:08 PM ET on FOX).

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