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

2019-10-19 19:08:00 EDT

The New York Yankees are set to visit Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for game 6 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros. The New York Yankees come into this matchup with a 2-3 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 5 against the Houston Astros, 4-1. James Paxton received the starting nod for the New York Yankees, and he had success as he gave up 1 earned run in 6 innings. Aaron Hicks had a big game from the plate for the Yankees as he contributed 1 HR and 3 RBIs.

The New York Yankees have not yet named a starting pitcher as they will thitem a reliever in an opener role. The New York Yankees ended the regular season ranked 14th in team ERA (4.31), 4th in strikeouts (1534), and 11th in BAA (.248).

The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 3-2 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping game 5 against the New York Yankees, 4-1. Justin Verlander received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he struggled as he gave up 4 earned runs in 7 innings. The Astros struggled from the plate as they only compiled 5 hits, and George Springer contributed the lone score on a wild pitch.

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The Houston Astros are set to start Jose Urquidy (2-1, 3.95 ERA) who had success in his latest appearance as he went 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out 3 batters against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jose Urquidy has never recorded a start against the New York Yankees, but he struggled in 4 road starts this season as he is posting a 4.12 ERA.

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The New York Yankees were able to dominate Justin Verlander in the 1st inning during game 5, and I expect this team to roll with the momentum and force a game 7. Both of these teams will be thiteming an opener as they want to save their best starters for game 7 if need be, and the Yankees bullpen will need to step it up after a shaky postseason. The Yankees have one of the most impressive lineups in baseball as they have a potential all-star SS in Didi Gregarious batting 9th in the lineup. The Yankees should be able to get to the rookie reliever Jose Urquidy and give their bullpen some support.

Carolyn Shelby's Free Pick:
New York Yankees +130
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