Nathan Eovaldi (13-2, 4.24 ERA) and Scott Feldman (5-5, 4.05 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (68-55) and the Houston Astros (69-56) at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and can be seen on WPIX, RTSW and MLBN.
Eovaldi pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 4-3 win over the Twins. Feldman went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Rays in his most recent start. Carlos Correa (.278, 35 Rs, 15 HRs, 43 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
New York is a -132 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have recorded an overall money line of +340 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 43-28. New York is an impressive 5-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 164. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.4.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 28-27 record and an overall money line of +649. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 7-3 SU record over the same span. Offensively, the Astros have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.3 runs per game by averaging 2.9 during that stretch. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 169 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 95 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. The Astros allow 3.6 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.5 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.
The Yankees have a 46-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Feldman takes the mound. Eovaldi (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 44-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
The Astros won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Yankees are 20-20. The Astros are 19-20 in close games this season.
The Yankees are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Astros have a record of 20-16 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 13-43. The Astros have a 13-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston tops the league in home runs with 169 this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 164.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.01 per game. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.79.
Ranking 12th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.726). New York ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .753.
The Astros are 24-38 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 34-42 when they allow at least one homer.