Last Updated: 2017-10-18
After a dramatic comeback in Game 4, the New York Yankees find themselves tied with the Houston Astros in the American League Championship series at two games apiece. New York trailed in this game 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but to runs in the seventh and four in the eighth help them to earn the 6-4 victory, giving New York a chance to take the lead in the series before heading back to Houston.
Game 5 will be at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday evening. Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90), who totally shut down the Yankees in game one will go against Masahiro Tanaka (14-10, 4.74). First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM.
Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees
Spread: Houston Astros -1.5 (+135); New York Yankees +1.5 (-155) at 5Dimes Sportsbook.
Moneyline: Houston Astros -115; New York Yankees -105
Total: Over 7.5 (-115); Under 7.5 (-105)
After dominating this game for six innings, Lance McCullers, Jr. was removed from the game after giving up a run in the seventh in Game 4, and the bullpen completely fell apart. The Yankees battled back with six runs over the final two innings of the game to earn the victory, and they will be many who will be questioning the decision of the Astros manager if this team does not wind up winning and advancing to the World Series.
New York clearly has the momentum, but keep in mind that the heart of the Astros pitching staff will be taking the hill over the next two games. Dallas Keuchel gets to start in Game 5, and he was absolutely brilliant in his first start in the series. The left-hander struck out 10 batters and tossed seven shutout innings as New York had absolutely no answers for him. There is no doubt that he could deliver the same kind of performance and, if he should win, this sense Houston home with Justin for land or on the hill for Game 6 looking to close it out. This is why Astros fans have no reason to be fearing a collapse at this point.
What they do have to fear is this team’s inability to hit. Houston had their best offensive night of the series, but that gave them just three runs in one game. The Astros of scored a total of eight runs in the first four games of this contest and that is simply not going to do the job. George bring your simply has to start hitting (.071), and the team needs production out of somebody not named José Altuve or Carlos Correa. Until that happens, Houston may be doomed.
NEW YORK YANKEES
The New York Yankees are finally finding their stroke at the plate, and this is no more true than of outfielder Aaron Judge. A night after blasting a huge three-run homer in Game 3, Judge delivered a big hit in the bottom of the eighth that tied the score and eventually scored the go-ahead run. He is raised his average to .308 and if he continues to hit the Yankees may be unstoppable.
The Yankees of scored 14 runs over the last two games after getting just two in the first two. They need to prove that they can hit Keuchel and Verlander, and are going to have their opportunity to do so over the next two nights. It should be a raucous crowd in New York for Game 5, and that should be a big boost for this Yankees offense.
The one person who faces a lot of pressure for this team is starter Masahiro Tanaka. He pitched excellently for New York in Game 1, but simply got out dueled. Although the team has to ask of him now is that they pitch the same kind of game in this contest and let the hitters do the rest.
Houston Astros at New York Yankees betting Trends and Prediction
Momentum has sure changed quickly in the series. The Astros came to the Big Apple expecting to go back to Houston to prepare for the World Series, but the Yankees bats have come alive and have even the series, making Game 5 a pivotal one for both teams. If Houston wins, they know they are going home looking for their second ace to close out the series. If New York wins, they know they have a clear advantage in Game 7 and all the momentum for Game 6. This makes Game 5 a do or die for both teams. They say that pitching beats hitting, so take the Astros to pull off the close victory, 3-1.
My Pick: Houston Astros -1.5 (+135)