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New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros - 4/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (1-1) at New York Yankees (1-1)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

M Fiers (0-0) (0.00) vs. N Eovaldi (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: New York Yankees -121 / Houston Astros +111 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLBN, YES, ROOT SW

Coming up on Thursday afternoon, we’ve got game three of the opening series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium.
In this series’ first game on Tuesday, the Astros came out on top by a score of 5-3. Houston scored three runs in the eighth inning to help secure the victory, spurred on by Carlos Correa’s home run, two RBI and two runs. Winning pitcher Dallas Keuchel tossed seven innings of three-hit ball for the Astros, striking out five with two earned.
In Wednesday’s game two, New York got their revenge. The Yankees posted a 16-6 blowout win, scoring a whopping 12 runs in the first three innings alone. Starlin Castro went 4-for-5 here, posting five RBI and a homer. Mark Teixeira also got his first home run of the year, finishing with four RBI of his own. On the Houston side, Carlos Correa continued what’s been a great start with two solo home runs and four hits on the evening.

Taking the hill for the Astros on Thursday will be right-hander Mike Fiers. In 2015, Fiers posted a 7-10 record with a 3.69 ERA, and had an up-and-down spring. This will be Fiers’ first full season in the American League.
At the plate, the Astros boast a pretty solid lineup of well-rounded players. George Springer, Carlos Correa and Carlos Gomez could each post 20 homers with 20 stolen bases, while Jose Altuve has the capability to collect 90 runs and 35 swipes for Houston.

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros - 4/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Over on the Yankees’ side, they’ll be putting right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the mound Thursday. 2015 was good to Eovaldi; he posted a 14-3 record with a 4.20 ERA and 121 strikeouts. With mixed results in the spring, however, it’ll be interesting to see how Eovaldi responds in his first meaningful outing of the season in New York.
The Yankees’ strength this season is going to be their deep lineup. Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann should each finish with around 25 home runs and 65 RBI, while 1-2 leadoff hitters Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner have the capability of combining for 50 stolen bases, 25 home runs and 140 runs all by themselves. It’s not quite the Murderers’ Row of old, but you can’t deny the potential here.

Digging into the trends, you can find positives and negatives for both teams. The Astros are 4-1 in their last five against the American League East, but just 1-4 in Mike Fiers’ last five starts.
As for the Yankees, they’re 25-10 in their last 35 Thursday outings, but 1-4 in their last five games against the American League West--not to mention 1-5 in their last six overall.

I’m not too crazy about either starting pitcher’s chances in this one, so it should be a hitter’s field day with lots of runs once again. I’m taking the Yankees to edge the Astros in what should be another exciting game.

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New York Yankees -121

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