Bet on the Red Sox Now Before It's Too Late

Oct 16, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a grand slam
Oct 16, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a grand slam / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox's ALCS has gone according to plan thus far.

The team played competitive in Game 1 against the Houston Astros, losing a tight game, 5-4, and then rolled in Game 2, winning 9-5.

Boston showed their explosiveness at the dish, hitting two grand slams in the first two innings on Saturday in their win, taking home field advantage.

Despite several indicators that the Red Sox are trending in the right direction, the Astros are slightly favored at WynnBET Sportsbook heading into Game 3.

The Astros are -120 while the Red Sox are +100. You can read our Game 3 preview and prediction here, but there is cause for optimism on the Boston side going forward.

Red Sox Home Field Advantage at Fenway Park

This one is simple, the Red Sox took home field advantage away from Houston with the Game 2 win.

While it may not be predictive, the Red Sox have thrived off of the Fenway Park crowd. The team went 49-32 at home this season, and beat the Rays in both games at home in the ALDS.

Pitching Edge Lies with Boston

The Astros pitching staff is falling apart in the postseason. First, Lance McCullers Jr. has been ruled out for the series with a strained forearm. McCullers was fantastic in the ALDS, but left Game 4 early, and leaves Houston with limited options to put together outs.

We'll start with Zack Greinke, who has spent time on the IL the past month with neck soreness as well as a positive COVID-19 test. The starter has only logged one inning in relief this postseason in the ALDS, but may start in Game 4.

Even if he gives a little bit of time, Houston will turn to a taxed bullpen after Jake Odorizzi pitched four innings on Saturday, making him unavailable as a stretch arm. In both games, Dusty Baker had to get a majority of outs from the pen, neither starter went made it out of the third inning. Who knows how long Greinke can give in his condition.

The Astros will give the ball to Jose Urquidy in Game 3, his first start of the postseason. With the team's top two arms in the rotation are either out or playing hurt, the Astros are running out of quality arms to keep down Boston through two games.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox have the best pitcher in the series in Nathan Eovaldi. Past him, Chris Sale has struggled in limited postseason action, but the talent is undeniable. Can he dial it up for a start? Potentially, but the team has seen a huge bump in production from Eduardo Rodriguez and Nick Pivetta in the past several games, which could be the difference in this series.

The Red Sox are still even money to win this series while they should be considerable favorites at this point given all that is falling apart around Houston.

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