The Houston Astros will look to start their fifth consecutive American League Championship Series appearance on a winning note when they host the Boston Red Sox Friday night in Game 1 as home favorites in the opening of -145 in the MLB odds at OddsShark.com supervised bookmakers.
Houston earned its ticket to the ALCS with a four-game series win over the Chicago White Sox in ALDS action, and has now racked up victories in five of six contests before Friday night’s showdown at Minute Maid. Park.
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Winners of 95 games during the regular season on their way to their fourth AL West title in five years, the Astros have managed to overcome a late-season fading. Winners in just two of the seven games to close September, Houston has rediscovered its offensive touch since then, averaging eight runs per game during its current 5-1 streak. And after dispatching the White Sox with a 4-1 road win in Game 4 of their ALDS, the Astros now return home on a four-game winning streak at Minute Maid Park.
In addition to putting them as favorites -155 in the prices of the series in sports betting sites, the recent rise of the Astros has also raised them to +200 in the World Series Odds. However, Houston is just 2-2 in four ALCS appearances, including a five-game series loss to the Red Sox in 2018. The Astros fell to defeat on each of their three home games with Boston during the 2018 Championship Series, suffering losses. by margins of multiple races in each of those contests while setting up as betting chalk.
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One of the biggest upsets of the 2021 season, the Red Sox travel to Houston as the losers in the ALCS Game 1 odds. The team earned a spot in the American League Championship Series for the third time in nine years after removing reigning American League champion Tampa Bay Rays from their ALDS in four games, capped by Monday’s narrow 6-7 victory. 5.
Overall, the Red Sox have won eight of their last 10 games and have scored six or more runs in six of those victories, and have generated a consistent 10-6 road record since early September. Additionally, Boston has claimed victory in eight of its last 10 road postseason dates and has won the World Series after four of its last five ALCS appearances. Despite that success, the Red Sox open the series at +130 in MLB series prices and feel like a +400 bet on World Series odds.