New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/20/14
Houston Astros (53-73) at New York Yankees (63-60)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Scott Feldman (R) (6-9) (4.454) vs. Michael Pineda (R) (2-2) (1.824)
The Line: New York Yankees -173 / Houston Astros +163 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, YES
The Houston Astros and New York Yankees play game two of their three-game series Wednesday night.
The Houston Astros have split their last eight games and are 20 games below a .500 record. Despite the struggles, the Astros offense has caught fire lately by scoring four or more runs in five straight games. The Astros have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Chris Carter has five homers in his last eight games and Jason Castro has six hits in his last four games. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.40, which is 26th in the majors. Scott Feldman takes the hill, and he’s 6-9 with a 4.45 ERA and has 71 strikeouts in 129.1 innings. Feldman is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 11 career games against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees have lost six of their last eight games and are only three games above .500. The Yankees offense has really struggled, producing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Yankees have lost six of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Jacoby Ellsbury has four hits in his last two games and Brian McCann has a hit in six of his last seven games. The New York Yankees have an ERA of 3.86, which is 20th in baseball. Starting is Michael Pineda, who is 2-2 with a 1.82 ERA and has 19 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. This is Pineda’s first career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 0-6 in Feldmans last 6 road starts and 2-6 in Feldmans last 8 starts overall. The Yankees are 9-4 in their last 13 games as a home favorite and 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.
With the way the New York Yankees have been playing over the last week, you'd be insane to buy the juice. It's worth taking a shot on the Astros given the value.