The Houston Astros are set to host the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS. The visiting Yankees currently maintain a 1-0 series lead. The game is slated to begin at 8:08 p.m. ET and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports One.
New York Yankees at Houston Astros Odds
Southpaw James Paxton will get the start for the visiting Bronx Bombers. Paxton is 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA and 186 strikeouts. He’s 1-1 with 12 strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA against Houston this year (two starts).
The Astros are going with righty Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA), who has 300 punchouts and 42 walks to his credit as well as a WHIP of 0.80. Verlander is 1-0 with 15 strikeouts and a 4.15 ERA across two starts against New York this year.
With a team slash line of .304/.396/.543, New York has averaged 7.5 runs scored through four playoff games. The Astros are hitting .224/.277/.365 and the team has put up 3.2 runs during this year’s playoffs.
The Astros bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 5.63 and a WHIP of 2.00, while Yankees relievers have fared significantly better with a 1.65 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and shortstop Gleyber Torres continue to lead New York’s offense. LeMahieu is slashing .327/.375/.521 with 27 home runs, 106 RBIs and 116 runs scored. Torres (.284/.341/.551) has produced 40 homers, 99 RBIs and 102 runs scored.
The Astros’ batters have been led by left fielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Brantley is slashing .308/.368/.497 with 23 home runs, 91 RBIs and 91 runs scored, while Gurriel is hitting .297 with 31 homers, 108 RBIs and 86 runs.
The Yankees are coming off of a 7-0 victory in Game .
New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Yankees, O/U – OVER
New York has tallied 18 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Houston has 11 XBH over its last five.
The Yankees have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 15 over their last 10.
The Yankees have a total OPS of .833 this season and an OPS of .823 against right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS sits at .844 overall and .826 versus righties.
Houston has posted 19.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.2 over its last five.