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New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros - 10/18/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
Date & Time Friday October 18, 2019, 7:08 PM (EDT)
Location
Yankee Stadium
New York, NY
The Line
NYY -130 O/U 8
TV Channel
FS1
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros are set to visit Yankee Stadium in New York, New York for game 5 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees. The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 3-1 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 4 against the New York Yankees, 8-3. Zack Greinke received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he had a solid outing as he gave up 1 earned run in 4.1 innings. Carlos Correa had a big game from the plate for the Astros as he contributed 1 HR and 3 RBIs.

The Houston Astros are set to start Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he gave up 2 earned runs in 6.2 innings against the New York Yankees. Justin Verlander had success in his 17 road starts this season as he went 11-2 with a 2.82 ERA.

The New York Yankees come into this matchup with a 1-3 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping game 4 against the Houston Astros, 8-3. Masahiro Tanaka received the starting nod for the New York Yankees, and he struggled as he gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings. Gary Sanchez had a solid game from the plate for the New York Yankees as he contributed 1 HR and 2 RBIs.

The New York Yankees are set to start James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) who struggled in his latest start as he gave up 1 earned run in 2.1 innings against the Houston Astros. James Paxton had success in his 15 home starts this season as he went 7-3 with a 3.35 ERA.

The New York Yankees came out firing in game 1 of this series, but they have since lost 3 consecutive games and they now have their backs up against the wall. The Houston Astros have a major pitching advantage in this matchup as they will be throwing one of the best pitchers in the MLB in Justin Verlander, and with this being a series-deciding game, the ace will bring his best stuff. The injury to Giancarlo Stanton has effected the lineup for New York, but the Houston lineup has been hot against the New York pitching and they will close this series out with a win on the road because of that.

Pick:
Houston Astros +120
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