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Tim Warner/Getty ImagesThe World Series champion Houston
Astros will try to continue their recent success at Fenway Park on
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underdogs at sportsbooks for Game 1 of the American League Championship
Series.The Astros have won six of their past nine games against the Red Sox at
Fenway, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, and knocked them out of last
year's playoffs with a 5-4 victory in Game 4 there. Boston will be out to avenge
that defeat. MLB betting line: The Red Sox opened as -110 favorites (wager $110
to win $100); the total is at seven runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by
OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.MLB betting pick, via OddsShark
computer: 5.5-2.1, Astros.MLB picks on every game.Check out the OddsShark
podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds
information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting
news.Why the Astros Can Pay on the MLB LinesHouston may be a slight underdog in
Game 1 but is favored to win the series as an even better team statistically
than last year. The Astros won two more games during the regular season this
year than last and four more on the road, where they led MLB with an outstanding
57-24 mark.In fact, Houston's road record was better than every other team's in
baseball at home except that of Boston http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-dennis-eckersley-jersey ,
which went 57-24 at Fenway. The Astros will send Justin Verlander (16-9, 2.52
ERA) to the mound in the series opener, and he earned three-quarters of his wins
away from home in 2018, going 12-2 with a 2.14 ERA.Why the Red Sox Can Pay on
the MLB LinesThe Red Sox will count on ace Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11 ERA) to come
through for them in this crucial spot, and he picked up a victory in Game 1 of
the AL Division Series versus the New York Yankees after allowing two runs and
five hits in 5.1 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts.Sale let his team
down in last year's ALDS matchup and will be out to redeem himself here, and
Boston's bats have improved since then, with the two league MVP favorites in
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. While Betts is expected to win MVP honors,
Martinez has been much better in the playoffs with a .357 batting
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, one home run and six RBI in the four-game series
win over New York. Smart Betting PickMartinez may make the difference for the
Red Sox this time around, as he has hit well against most of Houston's pitchers
over the course of his career, including Verlander (2-for-3 with two RBI). That
said, this is a must-win matchup for the Red Sox鈥攁nd especially Sale. If they
lose Game 1, they will be big dogs to win the series. That will not happen.MLB
Betting TrendsThe total has gone over in five of Houston's past six games when
playing Boston.Boston is 4-1 in its past five games.The total has gone over in
seven of Boston's past nine games. All MLB odds and betting trends according to
Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on
Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on
this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. The
Oakland Athletics had the flair for the dramatic Tuesday.The A's overcame a 10-2
deficit through six innings against the American League West rival Texas Rangers
to earn a 13-10 victory in 10 innings. Stephen Piscotty tied the game in the top
of the ninth with a solo home run, and Khris Davis provided the difference in
the 10th with a three-run blast, his 25th of the season.Oakland Athletics
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2I9s2Yj2agThe Athletics were only in position to win because of their efforts in
the seventh and eighth innings, when they scored seven runs to climb back into
the game.It was a historic performance.Susan Slusserof theSan Francisco
Chroniclenoted the Athletics drilled four long balls for the third straight game
for the first time in franchise history. What's more Clayton
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, it marked the first time since 1939 the team
overcame a deficit of eight or more runs after the sixth inning.The showing
continued a red-hot stretch for the playoff contenders. Oakland was a mere 34-36
after its June 15 loss to the Los Angeles Angels and appeared well on its way to
a fruitless season, but it is 25-7 in its last 32 contests and 59-43 overall.The
A's are still in third place in the American League West and 7.5 games behind
the Houston Astros, but they are just two games behind the Seattle Mariners for
the second wild-card spot. The two teams play 10 more times down the stretch as
well, so Oakland will have plenty of opportunities to close the gap.If Tuesday's
showing was any indication, the Athletics aren't going to pack it in just
because they are facing a deficit.
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