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New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros - 6/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at New York Yankees
Date & Time Sunday June 23, 2019, 2:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
The Line
New York Yankees +110 / Houston Astros -130
TV Channel
YES
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The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees meet in the finale of their three game set in MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

The Houston Astros will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep while also snapping a seven game losing skid after a 7-5 loss to the Yankees in game two on Saturday. Yordan Alvarez had a home run and three RBIs while Josh Reddick had a home run and two RBIs to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in he loss. Michael Brantley went 3 for 4 and Alex Bregman and Max Stassi each had two hits while Jose Altuve capped off Houston’s offense with a double in the losing effort. Wade Miley allowed four runs on two hits while walking four and striking out seven over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Ryan Pressly took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year. Justin Verlander will start game three and is 9-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 133 strikeouts this season. In his career, Verlander is 7-7 with a 3.54 ERA and 126 strikeouts against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees will look to complete the sweep after their victory in game two on Saturday. Giancarlo Stanton led the way with four RBIs, going 2 for 4 at the dish, while Gio Urshela had a home run and two RBIs and Austin Romine added a solo shot to cap off New York’s scoring as a team in the win. Aaron Hicks, Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu each had base hits as well in the victory. Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jonathan Holder got the win to improve to 5-2 on the year while Zack Britton notched his 3rd save of the season. J.A. Happ will start the finale and is 7-3 with a 4.59 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 0-7 in their last 7 games overall and 21-5 in Verlander’s last 26 road starts while the under is 23-9-1 in their last 33 games against the AL East. New York is 20-7 in Happ’s last 27 starts and 100-46 in their last 146 home games while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 Sunday games. Houston is 4-1 in Verlander’s last 5 starts against the Yankees.

This is a hard game to call as Houston is struggling mightily but have their best starter on the mound while the Yankees are the better team right now at plus money. The Yankees just seem to win games with Happ on the mound too making the plus money all the more tempting. However, the Astros are too good of a team to continue struggling like this, and Happ, despite having a lot of success, going 6-0 in his last eight starts, Happ has an ERA well over five at home this season and the Astros can swing the bats with the best of them. Verlander has done a good job striking guys out and with the way the Yankees like to swing for the fences, a few more K’s could be on the cards on Sunday. I’ll side with Houston and the low line to snap their losing streak on Sunday.

Pick:
Houston Astros -130

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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