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ALCS Game 1 - Red Sox vs. Astros odds, lines: No. 1 MLB expert reveals picks for Friday's showdown

John Bollman, who has gone 170-123 on his last 293 MLB money-line picks, just revealed his selections for the American League Championship Series Game 1 between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros
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The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros meet in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday. First pitch from Minute Maid Park in Houston is set for 8:07 p.m. ET. Houston is the -140 favorite (risk $140 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Red Sox vs. Astros odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is 8.5.

Before making any Red Sox vs. Astros picks, you NEED to see what SportsLine's No. 1 MLB expert John Bollman has to say.

Bollman combines MLB front-office experience with a deep statistical background. Bollman, who has a master's degree in biostatistics, worked in the Toronto Blue Jays' analytics department in 2018, focusing on high-performance sports science and player development. 

In his last 293 MLB money-line picks, Bollman has gone 170-123, returning more than $5,200. Anyone who has followed his picks has seen HUGE returns!

Bollman knows the Astros offense has been on fire, averaging 7.75 runs per game during the playoffs. Second baseman Jose Altuve hit .313 in the ALDS, including a 3-for-5 performance with a double, home run and three RBIs in the Game 4 clincher over Chicago. He had a .625 slugging percentage against the White Sox. In 48 career games against the Red Sox, Altuve is batting .327 with 12 doubles, eight homers and 23 RBIs. He has also walked 19 times and stolen 10 bases.

The Red Sox are led by shortstop Xander Bogaerts, who is hitting .333 in the postseason. He was 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs in a 14-6 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of the ALDS. He has hit in seven of the past eight games, and has hit the Astros well throughout his career. In 43 games against them, Bogaerts is batting .311 with 14 doubles, eight homers and 31 RBIs.

Now, Bollman has set his sights on Red Sox vs. Astros. We can tell you he's leaning Over the total and he's also found a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the money line. You ABSOLUTELY need to see what he has to say before locking in any MLB picks of your own.

So who wins Red Sox vs. Astros in the American League Championship Series Game 1? And which side of the money line has ALL the value? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Red Sox vs. Astros money line you should be all over on Friday, all from the expert that is up more than $5,200 on MLB picks!

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