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Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees ALCS Free Pick 10/18/19

The Houston Astros are facing off against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the AL Championship. The visiting Astros currently own a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, and this matchup is scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. ET. The game will be shown nationally on Fox Sports One.

Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees Odds

The right-handed Justin Verlander will get the start for Houston. Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) has recorded 300 strikeouts in 223 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with 15 strikeouts and a 4.15 ERA against New York this year (two starts).

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The Yankees are handing the ball to lefty James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA), who’s got 186 punchouts and 55 walks as well as a 1.28 WHIP. Paxton is 1-1 with 12 strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA across two starts against Houston this year.

With a team slash line of .215/.286/.374, Houston has tallied 3.8 runs per game through nine playoff games. The Yankees are hitting .241/.342/.423 and the team has managed 5.1 runs in the 2019 playoffs.

The Yankees bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 2.48 and a WHIP of 1.10, while Astros relievers have performed noticeably worse with a 4.33 ERA and 1.52 WHIP.

Outfielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel have led Houston’s offense. Brantley is slashing .309/.370/.494 with 23 home runs, 92 RBIs and 92 runs scored, while Gurriel is hitting .292/.337/.523 with 31 homers, 109 RBIs and 86 runs scored.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and shortstop Gleyber Torres have led the way for the Yankees’ offense this year. LeMahieu is slashing .329/.377/.520 with 27 home runs, 106 RBIs and 117 runs scored, while the line for Torres stands at .282/.340/.548 with 41 homers, 100 RBIs and 103 runs scored.

The Astros are coming off an 8-3 win in the prior game of this series.

Houston Astros at New York Yankees Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Yankees, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER

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Houston has tallied 12 extra-base hits over its last five outings. New York has 14 XBH over its last five.

The Astros have a team OPS of .841 this season and an OPS of .862 against left-handed pitchers. The Yankees’ OPS sits at .828 overall and .850 against southpaws.

The Houston defense has coughed up three errors over the last 10 games, compared to 11 errors for New York over its last 10.

The Astros have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.

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