New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros 10/21/17 MLB Odds, Pick & Preview

 
Friday, 10/20/2017 at 08:05 pm NY YANKEES (98-76) at  HOUSTON (107-65)
Starting Pitchers
Teams Line W-L O/U/P RF/RA Starters REC ERA WHIP
913NY YANKEES 130 98 - 76 89-82-3 5.22/4.01 (R) SEVERINO LUIS 15 - 7 3.18 1.06
914HOUSTON -140 107 - 65 87-76-9 5.44/4.3 (R) VERLANDER JUSTIN 18 - 8 3.16 1.15

Last Updated: 2017-10-21

yankees astros mlb picksFollowing a brilliant start by Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander, the Astros and New York Yankees will have a winner take all Game 7 Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston.The 7-1 victory was fueled by seven shutout innings by the Houston right-hander, and the Astros bats finally came alive as JoséAltuve homered and drove in three, and Alex Bregman drove in two in the victory.

Game 7 will be a rematch of Game 3 where Yankee starter C.C. Sabathia(14-5, 3.69) was absolutely brilliant through six innings, blanking the Astros on just three hits in the 8-1 victory. He will be opposed by Charlie Morton, who gave up seven runs in 3.2 innings pitched.

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros

 Spread: New York Yankees +1.5 (-182); Houston Astros -1.5 (+170) at 5Dimes Sportsbook.

Moneyline:  New York +108; Houston Astros -118

Total:  Over/under  8 (-110)

NEW YORK YANKEES

If the New York Yankees are feeling like they have the Houston Astros right where they want them, that would be a pretty credible idea. New York has faced elimination four times during the playoffs, and has yet to lose. This will be their fifth, so no one should be surprised that they are in a prime position to pull this game out.

In addition, they send C.C. Sabathia to the hill. The left-hander was absolutely brilliant in his Game 3 start, allowing only three hits and four walks through six innings of work, blanking the Astros. That victory started around of three straight wins for the Yankees, so they have to feel pretty confident that they have Houston right where they want them.

If there is any concern is in the fact that the Yankees have now scored just three runs in Minute Maid Park. While that was against aces DallasKeucheland Justin Verlander, neither of which they will face in game seven, the truth is that this team has just not hit in Houston. Rookie Aaron Judge did his second homerun of the ALCS, and the team will have to hope that him and the rest of the Baby Bombers pullout abig-timee performance to send this team onto the World Series.

HOUSTON ASTROS

The Houston Astros faced elimination for the first time in the postseason, and got an absolutely brilliant start from Justin Verlander to stay alive. The big right-hander won his fourth game of the playoffs, allowing just five hits and a walk in seven innings of work while striking out eight. He gave this team a shot at a game seven at home, and now it is up to Morton to send them on to the second World Series in franchise history.

What has been of great concern for Houston throughout this championship series has been the fact that they simply have not hit at all. Entering Game 6, the Astros had scored just eight runs through the first five games and seemed to have no answer for Yankees pitching. However, they rapped out eight hits and seven runs in the big victory over the Yankees to force this game seven.

While it was good to see both José Altuve and Carlos Correa combine for four hits, two runs, and three RBI, what had to be of real satisfaction for the team was the fact that catcher Brian McCann and third baseman Alex Bregman finally had big hits in the game as well. Houston has been looking for performances from other players in their lineup, and they finally got that in Game6. They are going to need more of that if they are going to win this winner take all contest.

New York Yankees at Houston Astros betting Trends and Prediction

There are a lot of reasons to believe that either team could win this game. The New York Yankees have a better starter going, they have played exceptionally well in elimination games, and they have significantly more experience than the Astros. Houston, however, is at home, has not lost at home in the playoffs, and has the better overall team. This means that it would not be a surprise to see either team pull this game out.

The biggest difference is the fact that the Yankees have the better starter going in Sabathia. He pitched so well in Game 3, even if that was in New York. Look for him to be the difference maker as the New York Yankees win this game 6-2 and advance to the World Series.

My Pick: New York Yankees +1.5 (-182)

Total: Under 8 (-110)

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