Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees ALCS Game 1 - 10/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (94-73) at Houston Astros (101-61)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm (Minute Maid Park)
S Gray (10-12)(3.54) vs. D Keuchel (14-5) (2.90)
The Line: Houston Astros -180 / New York Yankees +160 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The American League Championship Series gets going on Friday evening as the New York Yankees visit the Houston Astros for Game 1.
The Astros took care of business against the Red Sox in their ALDS, winning game 1 8-2, Game 2 8-2 and Game 4 5-4.
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Houston will be starting Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the ALCS. In his 14-5 record during the regular season, Keuchel posted a 2.90 ERA with 125 Ks.
The Astros boast some big hitters this year. Jose Altuve led the way in the regular season with 204 hits, 112 runs, 24 homers and 81 RBI; Alex Bregman had a good year as well with 158 hits, 88 runs, 19 homers and 71 RBI. Altuve ripped eight hits with three homers, four RBI and five runs in the Division Series, while Bregman put up four hits, three runs and two solo homers.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they went to Game 5 against the Indians having lost their first two games in Cleveland 4-0 and 9-8, then winning 1-0 and 7-3 in New York before returning to Cleveland for Game 5 and a tense victory 5-2.
The Yankees will be going with RHP Sonny Gray in Game 1 of the ALCS. In his 162.2 innings and 10-12 record this year, Gray put up a 3.54 ERA with 153 Ks.
The Yankees have some solid bats as well. Brett Gardner finished the regular season with 157 hits, 96 runs, 21 homers and 63 RBI; Aaron Judge had 154 hits, 128 runs, 52 homers and 114 RBI. Gardner had three hits, a run and a key RBI in the ninth on Wednesday in Game 5, but Judge came up empty 0-for-5 with four Ks.
The Yankees are 9-2 in their last 11 versus a team with a winning record and 4-1 in their last five versus the AL West. New York is also 6-2 in their last eight during game one of a series and 20-8 in their last 28 overall.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 4-0 in their last four Friday games and 13-3 in their last 16 home games. Houston is also 4-1 in their last five versus the AL East and 4-1 in they last five league championship games.
In Keuchel’s lone postseason appearance this year, he went 5.2 innings with three hits and one earned run for a victory in Game 2. After the tense five games in the ALDS, I’m not sure New York is going to come out firing here. Plus, Gray was pretty “meh” in his Division Series start, giving up three earned in 3.1 innings. The Astros took five of seven from the Yankees in the regular season, and I’ll take Houston to keep that trend going.