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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Red Sox try to extend winning streak, play Astros

Boston Red Sox (53-52, fifth in AL East) vs Houston Astros (67-38, first in AL West)

Houston; Wednesday, 2:10 p.m. EDT

Pitching Prospects: Red Sox: Brian Bello (0-3, 8.82 ERA, 2.27 whips, 13 strikeouts); Astros: Jose Urquidi (9-4, 3.86 ERA, 1.21 whips, 80 strikeouts)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Astros-231, Red Sox +188; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

Bottom line: The Boston Red Sox will try to keep their three-game winning streak alive when they visit the Houston Astros.

Houston has a 67–38 record overall and a 33–17 record at home. The Astros have a 38-15 record in games when they record at least eight hits.

Boston has a 53–52 record overall and a 27–25 record on the road. The Red Sox have scored a total of 102 home runs in ninth place in the AL.

Wednesday’s match is the sixth meeting between these teams this season. The Red Sox lead the season 4-1 in the series.

Top Performer: Alex Bregman has 25 doubles, 13 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Astros. Aledmys Diaz is 12-for-32 in the last 10 matches with two doubles and three home runs.

Rafael Devers has 30 doubles, one triple and 23 home runs, hitting .326 for the Red Sox. Bobby Dalbeck is 6 for 32 with a double and two home runs in the last 10 matches.

Last 10 games: Astros: 4-6, .238 batting average, 3.68 ERA, beat opponents by seven runs

Red Sox: 5-5, .232 batting average, 4.00 ERA, outscore by seven runs

Injuries: Astros: Jason Castro: 60-Day IL (Knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Michael Brantley: 10-Day IL (Shoulder), Josh James: 60-Day IL (Latitude), Lance McCullers Junior: 60-Day IL (Cell)

Red Sox: Rob Refsneider: 10-Day IL (knee), Eric Hosmer: Day-Day (Neck), Kiki Hernandez: 60-Day IL (Hip), Chris Sells: 15-Day IL (Finger), Trevor Story: 10 -Day IL (arm), Matt Straum: 15-Day IL (Wrist), Matt Barnes: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Michael Wacha: 15-Day IL (Shoulder), Tyler Danish: 15-Day IL (Elbow) , Rich Hill: 15-day IL (knee), Josh Taylor: 60-day IL (back), James Paxton: 60-day IL (elbow)

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