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New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/21/14

Houston Astros (54-73) at New York Yankees (63-61)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Dallas Keuchel (L) (10-8) (3.109) vs. Brandon McCarthy (R) (7-12) (4.244)

The Line: New York Yankees -156 / Houston Astros +146 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB Net, CSN-HOU, YES

The Houston Astros and New York Yankees finish their three-game series Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

The Houston Astros have won five of their last eight games and are 19 games above .500. The Astros offense has caught fire lately, producing four or more runs in six straight games. The Astros have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Chris Carter has five homers in his last nine games and Matt Dominguez has three hits in this series. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.40, which is 26th in the majors. Dallas Keuchel takes the hill, and he’s 10-8 with a 3.11 ERA and has 120 strikeouts in 156.1 innings. This is Keuchel’s first career game against the Yankees.

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/21/14

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The New York Yankees have lost seven of their last nine games and are two games above .500. The Yankees offense has really been struggling lately, producing three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Yankees have lost seven of their last nine games when scoring three or fewer runs. Jacoby Ellsbury has five hits in this series and Brian McCann has a hit in six of his last eight games. The New York Yankees have an ERA of 3.89, which is 20th in the majors. Starting is Brandon McCarthy, who is 7-12 with a 4.24 ERA and has 136 strikeouts in 152.2 innings. McCarthy is 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA in five career games against the Astros.

The Astros are 2-5 in Keuchels last 7 road starts and 3-7 in Keuchels last 10 starts overall. The Yankees are 5-2 in McCarthys last 7 starts overall and 2-7 in their last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter. 

More than I hate the way the New York Yankees are playing is the juice they're getting in this game. With that being said, I like the Astros given the value in this matchup. 

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Houston Astros +146

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