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New York Yankees vs Houston Astros 6/23/22 MLB Picks, Predictions, Odds

Houston Astros (43-25) vs. New York Yankees (50-18)
June 23, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: New York Yankees -135 / Houston Astros +125; Over/Under: -9
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The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees meet in MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Thursday.

The Houston Astros will look to build on their two-game sweep after a 5-3 win over the Mets in Wednesday’s matchup. Michael Brantley has 68 hits with a .298 batting average while Yuli Gurriel has a team-high 19 doubles and Alex Bregman has 53 hits with 14 doubles, 8 home runs and 32 RBIs. Yordan Alvarez has a team-high 21 home runs and 51 RBIs and Kyle Tucker has 13 home runs and 45 RBIs as well this season. Jeremy Pena also has a .277 batting average with 9 home runs and 27 RBIs of his own this season. Framber Valdez will start here and is 7-3 with a 2.78 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season.

The New York Yankees will try to build on a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday’s series finale. Aaron Judge leads the Yankees with 27 home runs and 52 RBIs along with 77 hits and a .302 batting average in addition to 11 doubles while Giancarlo Stanton has 49 hits with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs. DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres each have 13 doubles and Anthony Rizzo also has 10 doubles so far this season, in addition to logging 19 home runs and 49 RBIs. Jameson Taillon will start here and is 8-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season.

Houston is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 in their last 4 series-opening starts by Valdez while the under is 10-1-1 in their last 12 Thursday games. New York is 43-12 in their last 55 games overall and 41-12 in their last 53 games as a favorite while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the AL West.

I get the case to be made across the board here, but I’m looking at the under here. This is just a solid pitching matchup, with Taillon pitching one of the best years of his career I think and Framber Valdez more than holding his own on the road with a sub-two ERA. I think this is one of those games that ends up being a low-scoring war and it may be worth playing an alternate total here. Give me the under.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Under 9

Chris Ruffolo

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