New York Yankees at Houston Astros Matchup

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Gleyber Torres and the New York Yankees will pay a visit to Houston to face the Astros at Minute Maid Park. This AL showdown can be viewed across the country on ESPN and the game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET.

New York Yankees at Houston Astros Odds

New York (+145) is entering this game as the underdog to Houston (-155) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this game at 7.5 runs. Odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at -105 for the under and -115 for the over. This game currently has a runline of Yankees +1.5 (-150) and Astros -1.5 (+130).

The Astros are 5-5 straight up (SU) and 2-7 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 4.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.3 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the total has gone under in six of those seven. The Yankees have gone 5-4 SU this year and are 4-4 against the spread. In total, the team’s lost 6.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline in the season’s early going and 1.2 units ATS.

Astros games have an over/under record of 1-8 so far in 2019. The Yankees have an over/under record of 4-4.

Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.46 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Yankees. The right-handed Tanaka recorded 159 strikeouts over 155 innings last year (with only 35 walks) and finished the season 12-6 overall with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

The Stros are turning to righty Justin Verlander (1-0, 4.09 ERA), who struck out 290 hitters over 214 innings last year (with only 37 walks), while finishing the season 16-9 overall with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. He recorded two starts against the Yankees a year ago and compiled a 1-0 record with a 0.61 ERA and 19 strikeouts.

New York’s pitchers have allowed 3.4 runs per game and its starters own a 3.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 9.26 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 2.62, along with a WHIP of 1.20.

The Yankees offense has slashed .270/.376/.510 on its way to 5.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Gleyber Torres and second baseman DJ LeMahieu have led New York’s offense. Torres is slashing .371/.436/.714 with 13 hits, five RBIs and seven runs scored, while LeMahieu is hitting .429 with 12 hits, three RBIs and seven runs scored.

For the home team, Houston’s pitchers have yielded 3.2 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.30, a WHIP of 1.03 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.6. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.60, a WHIP of 0.94 and a K/9 of 10.7.

Houston’s offense has produced 3.3 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .306/.385/.471 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Third baseman Alex Bregman and right fielder George Springer have led the Astros’ hitters this year. Bregman is hitting .343/.415/.486 with 12 hits, three RBIs and four runs scored, while Springer’s line is .300/.356/.550 with 12 hits, seven RBIs and six runs.

The Yankees have lost 4.9 units and are 4-3 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to three that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Astros have lost 3.8 units and are 1-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in one of those games, compared to five which went under the total.

Yankees vs. Astros MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Yankees, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Astros went 2-5 SU against the Yankees last season.
  • The Astros’ bullpen recorded an ERA of 7.04 against the Yankees last year.
  • The Yankees have a total OPS of .886 this season and an OPS of .938 against right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS stands at .762 overall and their right / left split is nearly identical.