The American League Championship Series is rich with storylines, as former Astros bench coach Alex Cora leads the Red Sox into this series after a one-year hiatus due to his involvement in Houston's sign-stealing scandal. We also have two of the best offenses in baseball on display in the ALCS with a trip to the World Series on the line.
Derek Carty and Adam Burke have crunched the numbers and looked into the matchups to come up with their best bets for the series.
Boston Red Sox (+ 130) vs. Houston Astros (-160)
The Astros and Red Sox square off in the American League Championship Series on Friday. While the Astros are the best team in the AL and have been all year, don’t count the Red Sox out. As I noted in my write-up of their ALDS matchup against the Rays, this is a team that has plenty of strengths and which, perhaps due to their struggles down the stretch after leading the AL East most of the season, the odds tend to underrate.