New York Yankees (20-10) at Houston Astros (20-12)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 3, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -143 / New York Yankees +133 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The New York Yankees and Houston Astros meet Thursday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The New York Yankees look to keep the ball rolling after winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Yankees have allowed two runs in their last three games and three or less runs in each of their last seven games. The New York Yankees are a ridiculous 18-1 this season when allowing four or less runs. Offensively, Didi Gregorius leads the Yankees with 35 hits and 30 RBI while Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have combined for 63 hits and 37 RBI. Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 4.37 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. Tanaka is 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros could use a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored two runs in their last three games and two or less runs in five of their last nine games. The Houston Astros have lost four of their last five games when scoring under five runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 43 hits and 15 RBI while Carlos Correa and George Springer have combined for 67 hits and 40 RBI. Lance McCullers Jr. gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. McCullers is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 6-1 in their last 7 road games, 5-2 in Tanakas last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 5-2 in Tanakas last 7 starts. The Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games, 35-18 in their last 53 home games and 6-2 in McCullers Jr.s last 8 starts. The Yankees are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Houston, 1-5 in Tanakas last 6 starts vs. Astros and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Tanaka has been hit or miss this season, as he's allowed one run in three of his six starts but still has an ERA well over four. Tanaka is also allowing a .340 batting average with seven homers allowed in 47 at bats against current Astros hitters. McCullers has allowed a combined two runs in his last 20 innings and has a 1.50 ERA and a .214 batting average in 12 innings at home this season. This is a game the Astros should produce some offense for the first time this series and get the victory on a quick turnaround.