Houston Astros (34-19) at New York Yankees (32-16)
|Date & Time||Monday May 28, 2018, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Yankees +130 / Houston Astros -140 --- Over/Under: 9
ESPN, ATSW, YES
We’ve got a great AL matchup coming on Monday as the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees kick off their series from Yankee Stadium in a nationally-televised game.
The Astros just came out of a series versus the Indians. Houston took the first two games but lost on Saturday. In the Sunday finale, the Astros lost a 14-inning marathon 10-9.
Justin Verlander will be taking the mound for the Astros on Monday. In his 74.2 innings and 6-2 record this year, Verlander has a 1.08 ERA with 93 Ks and15 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Astros this year is Jose Altuve, who brought 69 hits, 30 runs and 26 RBI into the week. On Sunday, Altuve ripped four hits with two RBI and a run.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they just finished up against the Angels. After eking out a win Friday and getting blown out 11-4 on Saturday, in the Sunday finale the Yankees managed a 3-1 victory.
The Yankees will be going with Domingo German on Monday in the start. Over 29.0 innings and an 0-2 mark, German has a 5.59 ERA with 34 Ks and 15 BBs.
New York’s top hitter this season is Aaron Judge, who had 52 hits, 38 runs, 14 homers and 39 RBI entering the week. On Sunday, Judge had a hit and a run.
The Astros are 16-7 in their last 23 Monday games and 45-22 in their last 67 in game one of a series. Houston is also 8-2 in Verlander’s last 10 road starts and 16-5 in his last 21 starts.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 20-6 in their last 26 Monday games and 9-3 in their last 12 during game one of a series. The over is 6-1 in New York’s last seven Monday games and 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams at Yankee Stadium.
Verlander has been predictably awesome this year, and he’s given up just three earned over his last five starts—oddly enough however, he’s just 2-2 in that span. As for German, he’s coughed up 12 earned over his last two starts in a span of 8.2 innings. Given the pitching matchup, and the fact that the Yanks bullpen has been imploding lately, I have to go with the Astros here.