Boston vs Houston
Good old pitching duel on paper.
Justin Verlander totally resurrected. Since last year he is his old self, and who would think that after a few terrible Tiger years. He was electric last year and won the World series with the Astros.
This year another strong season for him. 2.52 ERA with a big 12.20 K/9. In the last 30 days of the regular season an awesome 1.09 ERA and a monsterous 13.64 K/9 (!). That is huge as he was struggling for some time in the second half of the season.
In his first appearance this postseason he allowed 2 runs against Cleveland with 7 SO.
Against Boston this year he has a 3.00 ERA> 0.83 WHIP> 9.0 K/9 in 6 innings pitched.
But he dominated Boston in recent years as well:
2015: 14 IP: 0.64 ERA> 1.00 WHIP
2016: 12 IP: 1.50 ERA>0.92 WHIP
2017: 12 IP: 2.25 ERA>1.17 WHIP
For Boston probably the pitcher of the season in the AL starting. Indeed, arguably Sale his best season ever with a 2.11 ERA> 13.50 K/9 (!), 1.94 BB/9, 44.2 GB%.
He started the postseason solid as well as he allowed just 2 runs against the Yankees in two outings. He struck out 9 (!) Yanks.
Against Houston he has a 6.00 ERA this season in 6 innings pitched but he deserved much better with a 1.50 BB/9, 9.0 K/9.
I fancy Houston in this clash of the titans for a lot of reasons but i was hoping for better odds. I see some golden bets for live in play though. And hence i will take my chances with the first half pre-match under.
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Boston vs Houston prediction
|Under 4.0 first half ( first 5 innings )||Pinnacle||1.73||8||2-2 PUSH (Stake return)|