Yankees vs. Astros - 10/6/15 AL Wild Card Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Dallas Keuchel vs. Masahiro Tanaka
The Line: Astros -114 / Yankees +104 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and New York Yankees play an American League wild card game Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
The Houston Astros finished the regular season with an 86-76 record and have won six of their last eight games. The Astros have proven to be one of the more balanced teams in all of baseball, as they’re sixth in team ERA and sixth in runs scored. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 200 hits, Evan Gattis has 88 RBI and Chris Carter has drawn 57 walks. The Astros can get it done in a variety of ways and are eager to make something happen in their first playoff berth since 2005. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he’s 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees finished the regular season with a 87-75 record and have lost six of their last seven games. The Yankees are just limping into the playoffs but can hold their hat on the fact they finished second in all of baseball in runs scored. Chase Headley leads New York with 150 hits, Brian McCann has 94 RBI and Alex Rodriguez has 33 home runs. While the Yankees are a flawed team, it’s never a good idea to overlook a club that’s used to the postseason and will be eager to make up for lost time after coming up short the last two years. Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill, and he’s 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA and 139 strikeouts this season. This will be Tanaka’s second career game against the Astros.
This is an interesting game simply because the Astros are better on paper and the Yankees ended the season in a major slump. However, you can't underestimate experience come playoff time. The Astros are an extremely young team that turned the corner a lot sooner than anyone expected. Meanwhile, the Yanks are full of veterans and have been here done that.
Add in the loud NY crowd, and I give the Yankees the slight edge at home to advance.