Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees - 10/13/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 7:08 PM (Minute Maid Park)
HOU -155 O/U 7.5
The New York Yankees are set to visit Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for game 2 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros. The New York Yankees come into this matchup with a 1-0 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 1 against the Houston Astros, 7-0. Masahiro Tanaka received the starting nod for the New York Yankees, and he had success as he went 6 scoreless innings while giving up only 1 hit. Gleyber Torres had a big game from the plate for the New York Yankees as he went 3 for 5 with 1 HR and 5 RBIs.
The New York Yankees are set to start James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) who struggled in his latest start as he gave up 3 earned runs in 4.2 innings against the Minnesota Twins. James Paxton struggled in his 2 starts against the Houston Astros during the 2019 season as he posted a 6.00 ERA.
The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 0-1 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping game 1 against the New York Yankees, 7-0. Zack Greinke received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he struggled as he gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings. The Houston Astros struggled from the plate as they only recorded 3 hits, but Michael Brantley, Jose Altuve, and Kyle Tucker were responsible for those hits.
The Houston Astros are set to start Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) who struggled in his latest start as he gave up 4 earned runs in 3.2 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. Justin Verlander struggled in his 2 starts against the New York Yankees during the 2019 season as he posted a 4.15 ERA.
This seems like a must-win game for the Houston Astros as they were dominated in game 1 against the New York Yankees, but I don’t think they will pick up that needed win here. The Astros will be throwing arguably one of the top pitchers over the last decade in Justin Verlander, but after seeing his struggles in his recent start against an iffy offense like Tampa Bay, it gives me some concern. The Yankees jumped out on the Astros with their bats which is to be expected with arguably the best lineup in baseball, but if they can get the pitching they received in game 1 they have a legitimate chance of sweeping this series. The Yankees will receive enough quality innings to jump out on Verlander, and they will escape with a close win on the road.