Red Sox start 3-game series at home against the Astros
Houston Astros (23-12, first in the AL West) vs. Boston Red Sox (13-21, fifth in the AL East)
Boston; Monday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.37 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 17 strikeouts); Red Sox: Garrett Whitlock (1-1, 2.19 ERA, .93 WHIP, 34 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -120, Astros +101; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros to open a three-game series.
Boston has a 4-9 record in home games and a 13-21 record overall. The Red Sox have a 5-15 record in games when they have given up at least one home run.
Houston is 23-12 overall and 9-4 in home games. The Astros have gone 12-1 in games when they scored at least five runs.
Monday’s game is the first time these teams match up this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Rafael Devers has 13 doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI for the Red Sox. J.D. Martinez is 13-for-42 with three doubles, a home run and three RBI over the last 10 games.
Yordan Alvarez has three doubles and 11 home runs for the Astros. Jose Altuve is 13-for-37 with a double and five home runs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 3-7, .243 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Astros: 9-1, .254 batting average, 2.12 ERA, outscored opponents by 32 runs
INJURIES: Red Sox: Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (back), Michael Wacha: 15-Day IL (intercostal), Chris Sale: 60-Day IL (rib), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Astros: Jeremy Pena: day-to-day (knee), Taylor Jones: 60-Day IL (back), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm), Jacob Meyers: 10-Day IL (shoulder)