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Astros and Red Sox look to cash the over once again in Game 5

by Mike Spector | Red Sox Correspondent |
Wed, Oct 20th 7:39am EDT

Each of the first four games of the ALCS matchup between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox have gone over the projected total, and the two teams bring that streak into tonight's Game 5.

Betting Impact:

The over/under for Game 5 is 9.5 runs, per BettingPros consensus odds. The two teams combined for just three runs entering the eighth inning, and then Houston's offense scored eight runs off the Boston bullpen over the last two innings. Oddsmakers compensated for a high-scoring series to that point by making Game 3's total ten runs, but alas, even a double-digit total could not keep these hot offenses from cashing the under. The over has cashed in Houston's last seven games, including their last six games as an underdog. On the other side, the over has also cashed in Boston's last seven games and is 6-0 in the previous six meetings between these teams. Boston had their historic streak of ten or more hits in six consecutive games snapped yesterday, the longest streak within a postseason in MLB history. However, with Xander Bogaerts' first-inning home run yesterday, the Red Sox have already tied their franchise record of most home runs in a single postseason (20), which they last accomplished in 2003. Nick Pivetta was dominant for Boston in Game 3, as he became the first Red Sox pitcher with 5+ IP and two or fewer hits allowed at Fenway Park since Pedro Martinez in Game 3 of the 1999 ALCS. The Red Sox will ask Chris Sale to give his team a similar performance, though he only lasted 2.2 innings in his Game 1 start. While Sale only allowed one run, Houston's Framber Valdez was even worse, allowing three runs in his 2.2 innings in Game 1.

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