On Saturday, the Boston Red Sox continue their four-game series on the road against the Houston Astros.
On Thursday, the Astros won the opening game of the series 4-2, as Carlos Correa snapped a slump of 0-for-10 with a first inning two-run home run, Jack Marisnick and Tony Kemp each had RBIs. Lance McCullers Jr. the starter for Houston raised his record to 7-3 after allowing four this and a pair of runs over six innings. The loss snapped Boston’s three-game winning streak and dropped Drew Pomeranz to 1-4 on the season after he gave up four runs on six hits over five innings. Boston played without Mookie Betts for the fifth consecutive game due to soreness on the left side of his body. Dustin Pedroia also sat out for Boston and both players are questionable for Saturday’s game.
While he is questionable for the game Mookie Betts leads the Red Sox with a .359 batting average and team high 66 hits. J.D. Martinez leads the team in home runs with 18 and RBIs with 47. Boston has a team batting average of .267 while opposing hitters are averaging .233 at the plate against Astros pitching. On Saturday, Boston will send David Price to the mound. The southpaw on the season is 5-4 with an ERA of 4.04, 59 Ks and 26 BBs.
Jose Altuve leads the Astros with a .338 batting average and team high 80 hits. George Springs leads in home runs with 11 and Carlos Correa in RBIs with 38. Houston has a team batting average of .257 while opposing hitters are averaging .204 at the plate against Astros pitching. Houston on Saturday will send its ace Justin Verlander to the mound. The right-hander this season is 7-2 with an ERA of 1.11, 98 Ks and 15 BBs.