The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees are leaders of their respective divisions, but the latter is on a more precarious spot, as the difference between them and the Tampa Bay Rays isn’t that big. The Astros, meanwhile, enjoy a big lead over the rest of the American League West. The Astros are +175 to win the AL pennant, while the Yankees are +300 to be the AL champs this season.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the Houston Astros vs New York Yankees Regular-Season Series Running from June 20-23 2019
Where: Yankees Stadium, Bronx
Game 1 Thursday, June 20, 7:05 PM EST
Game 2 Friday, June 21, 7:05 PM EST
Game 3 Saturday, June 22, 7:15 PM EST
Game 4 Sunday, June 23, 2:05 PM EST
Line: Houston Astros vs New York Yankees – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: Framber Valdez (3-2, 2.77 ERA) vs. TBA
In his third consecutive start, Valdez showed further promise on the mound. He allowed just two earned runs on four hits with two walks issued and eight strikeouts in seven innings of a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at home. Valdez is now 2-0 in his last three starts. The Yankees haven’t named a starter for the opening game of the series against the Astros, but their starting rotation has a 4.13 ERA as of this writing.
Michael Brantley is hitting .310 on the road as of this writing.
Gleyber Torres is batting .270 at home as of this writing.
Prediction: Astros win, 5-4.
Starters: Brad Peacock (6-4, 3.67 ERA) vs. James Paxton (4-3, 3.93 ERA)
Peacock was among the Astros pitchers who got rocked in a 12-0 home loss to the Blue Jays on Jun. 16 in which he allowed four earned runs on five hits across five innings. He has allowed 10 runs over his last three starts, spanning 16.1 frames. Paxton picked up a win on Jun. 16, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits while striking out seven batters in six innings of a 10-3 road win over the Chicago White Sox. The lefty is 3-1 with a 5.96 ERA over his first five road starts this season.
Michael Brantley is 4-for-9 in career vs. Paxton.
The current batting lineup of the Yankees has a collective career batting average of .250 against Peacock.
Prediction: Yankees win, 6-4.
Starters: Wade Miley (6-3, 3.14 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (4-5, 3.58 ERA)
Miley hasn’t faced the Yankees in two years. Moreover, he is only 0-4 with a 5.86 ERA in 10 career starts against the Bronx Bombers. If anything, the over has gone 4-0 in his last four starts opposite against the Yankees. Miley will go up against Tanaka, who has been shaky of late. Tanaka has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three starts as of this writing. That said, the Yankees are 2-1 in Tanaka’s last three starts against Houston.
Carlos Correa is 5-for-15 in career vs. Tanaka.
DJ LeMahieu is 6-for-19 in career vs. Miley.
Prediction: Yankees win, 5-4.
Starters: Justin Verlander (9-2, 2.41 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA)
Verlander faced the Yankees in a 4-3 home win back in April. In that game, he allowed three earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over six innings of mound duty. He has a career record of 7-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 21 starts against New York. Happ has been more successful in his career against Houston. He is 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA in nine career starts against the Astros.
Carlos Correa is 5-for-11 in career vs. Happ.
Didi Gregorius is 5-for-12 in career vs. Verlander.
Prediction: Astros win, 5-3.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Astros and Yankees split this early summer series, 2-2.
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