Solid MLB Pick at Bargain Price: Red Sox vs. Astros

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:26 PM GMT

The hotter team, the better team & the better pitcher.  The best part is … it all comes at a value price.  Put this MLB pick right at the top of your ticket for tonight's action & come away a WINNER!

Boston Red Sox (Kelly) vs. Houston Astros (McHugh)  8:10 ET
The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros continue their early week set with Game 2 of the series scheduled for an 8:10 ET

The game features a reeling Boston team against a Houston Astros team, who is beginning to emerge from their 0-6 funk.  On the mound, the Astros figure to have the best of it with a consistent, McHugh, against Boston starter, Kelly, who is in the midst of a horrible season and will look to regroup after being recalled from AAA Pawtucket.  

The Red Sox are one of the most disappointing teams in MLB.  Following an offseason remake, the Red Sox have stumbled to a 42-52 record, including losers of 6 straight.  Their rotation has been sent into flux because of the Sundaynight rain out in LAA, forcing them into a rare Monday doubleheader.  The result is the need to recall Joe Kelly to resume his major league career.  A terrible start to the season for Kelly resulted in a 2-5 record with a 5.67 ERA.  It was worse on the road for Kelly, where in 6 starts, he was winless with a 6.91 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP.  Though Kelly posted a 2.84 ERA in 4 starts at Pawtucket, he has yet to prove himself at the big league level this season.  The prognosis cannot be good against a Houston team, who has top 10 numbers in both pitching and hitting.

The Astros are one of two teams, along with the LA Dodgers, who have top 10 numbers in both batting and pitching OPS.  Their No. 8 pitching OPS is .677, while their No. 9 batting OPS is .729, led by 128 HRs (the most in MLB).  Houston was on a solid 14-8 run in late June, prior to a 0-6 slide into the All Star Break.  Since that time, however, they have responded by winning 3 of 4, including thumping these Red Sox 8-3 last night.  Tonight’s starter, McHugh, has been the beneficiary of ample support by the most improved team in MLB.  Despite a 4.05 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, Houston has won 12 of 19 McHugh starts, including 6 of 8 from this mound.  

With the LA Angels’ recent surge, the Astros now trail the Halos by 2 games for the division lead.  They will be hungry to continue their ascent.  The Red Sox have now fallen 10 games behind in the AL East and could soon become sellers at the trade deadline.  

MLB Picks: Take Astros