Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox – MLB, June 8, 2021

| June 8, 2021 6:23 am PDT

MLB fans get a fun one on Tuesday, as the Houston Astros head to Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox.

Games at Fenway always threaten to blow up, so pitchers Framber Valdez and Martin Perez should be put on notice. This contest is also pretty big for both sides, as the Astros are one game behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West, and the Red Sox trail the Rays by 0.5 games in the AL East.

This is a huge series, and sports bettors and MLB fans alike will want to know how it will start off. I’ll go over that in my Astros vs. Red Sox betting pick and prediction for June 8th, 2021.

Astros vs. Red Sox Odds (June 8)

Astros (-1.5)+125
Red Sox (+1.5)-145
Astros to Win-119
Red Sox to Win+109
Over 9.5-120
Under 9.5+100

This game is priced pretty tightly at the top MLB betting sites, as these are two very good teams that know how to swing the sticks.

Houston is a slight favorite, but it’s worth pointing out that they’re just 13-13 on the road this year. They do have the better pitcher toeing the rubber on Tuesday, however, and they’re in good form (7-3) over their last 10 games.

Boston has been solid (17-13) at home, and they obviously operate out of a hitter’s park. They’re a very intriguing home underdog, while the hefty game total is at least partially thanks to the ballpark.

They’re also in good form, as they’re 7-3 over their last 10, and just got done beating Miami on Monday.

I think everything is technically in play here, but bettors will need to find a way to latch onto a bet they love.

Astros vs. Red Sox Game Preview

Both offenses can put the ball in the air. They’re top-5 in scoring, and when they’re on, they both can send it into the bleachers with ease.

Boston is the more powerful team in that regard, but they also have the far more difficult matchup. Framber Valdez has been lights out so far, posting a staggering 1.64 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings.

The sample size is small, but he’s on fire to start 2021, and he has flashed this type of ability in the past. Taking down a dangerous Boston offense on the road won’t be easy, but Houston has the pitching edge.

On the other side is Martin Perez, who is not the gas can he once was. He’s not a dominant pitcher, but he’s done a solid job keeping the ball in the park. I still think the Astros have it better here, but he hasn’t been the guy to pick on that bettors had hoped.

My Pick for Astros vs. Red Sox

Pick
  • Under 9.5
    +100

This game is priced tightly for a reason; it’s tough to get a read on the matchup. I think Valdez is the more talented arm in this game, and he’s looked great so far in 2021. Perez can get blown up, but he’s simply been a tough nut to crack this year.

Ultimately, I don’t really want to pick a side here. Instead, I’ll put my faith in Valdez dominating some more, and Perez continuing to survive. That has me digging the Under. 

Perez is not the gas we want him to be, and Valdez can miss bats. The knee-jerk reaction is to see the offenses, the park, and the pitching, and to hammer the Over. It’s baseball, so naturally, that could always still be the case.

However, Valdez appears to be the real deal, and Perez just seems to trudge along and survive games. One of these offenses could always pop off, but I’m not sure I buy both of them getting hot in this spot. The total is high enough that I think bettors have a little wiggle room to bet the Under.

Boston as a nice +109 home dog is a fine secondary play, but this total is pretty palatable, all things considered.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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