Matthew Manouli | Mon 16/10/2017 - 02:30 EDT

Astros vs Yankees MLB Playoff Predictions - ALCS Game 3

Astros vs Yankees MLB Playoff Predictions - ALCS Game 3

NY Offense Stagnant, But Astros Not Much Better

Houston's 2-0 lead in the ALCS might make it seem like they've dominated, but in reality, there was very little between both teams in Games 1 and 2. New York could easily have been returning home up 2-0 or at least with an even series, but a few bad breaks put them in yet another hole, similar to the one they had to deal with in the ALDS.

Will they be able to deal with it the same way and with the same results?

If you remember, we called for Game 2 to be close, as seen here, and took the Yankees on the RL which cashed. Add the NLCS win we had on the Dodgers, and our record has ballooned to 15-4.

If you still aren't tailing us, you should get on the train. The Yankees are small favorites in this game, and there doesn't seem to have been much line movement.  

My Team's Next MatchNew York Yankees

Neither the Houston nor New York offense is anything to write home about. With terrible batting numbers in this series, it should just be a matter of time before one or both of these teams bust out of their slump.

If we had to bet though, pun not intended, we'd go with Houston.

The Astros put up good offensive numbers in the ALDS against Boston and scored the most runs in the majors in the regular season. The Yankees are struggling now, but they also struggled in the ALDS. Until they show they can produce more runs, there's no reason to take them. Judge and Sanchez seem done for this season.

Charlie Morton has more than enough to take care of this struggling offense, and while CC can hold his own, the veteran won't get the run support he needs for the win. It'll be a close game, so take Houston on the RL. Even if the Bombers take it, it won't be by much. 

Pick: Houston Astros +1.5 (-155) at Sports Interaction

Record: 15-4

Astros vs Yankees ALCS Game 3

The visiting Houston Astros come into this game up 2-0 in the series, but know things could easily have gone the other way. Both games were won by the merest of margins, with Game 2 ending in the bottom of the 9th on a Jose Altuve hail Mary sprint from first on a double that only succeeded because catcher Gary Sanchez couldn't handle the throw to home.

The Astros offense wasn't always this bad though. They led the MLB in runs scored during the regular season, and hit .333 in the ALDS against the Red Sox. Against the Yankees here though, they are only batting .190. Top of the order players Josh Reddick and George Springer are 0 for 8 and 0 for 7 in this series, respectively.

Other than Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, the Astros are 3 for 43 in this series.

Altuve and Correa have been the bright spots in the order though, Altuve going 5 for 8 in this series, and Correa going 3 for 7 with three RBIs, one of which was the aforementioned double which sealed their victory on Saturday.

Leaving after 4.1 innings in the clinching Game 4 of the ALDS, Charlie Morton (0-0, 4.15 ERA) looks to follow up Verlander's gem with a gem of his own. Against the Yanks, he's 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in two starts. His win came on May 14, when he struck out 10, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings in a 10-7 win for the Astros. The New Jersey native's overall regular season record was 14-7 with a 3.62 ERA.

If you thought Houston was in an offensive slump, that's nothing compared to the New York Yankees. They come into Game 3 going 10 for 63 (.159) with 27 SO. That's even worse than when they entered Game 3 in the ALDS at 14 for 78 (.179) with 26 SO.

We know it's not polite to point fingers, but Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez will have a ton of critics if they fail to perform again on Monday. Judge is 1 for 7 with 3 SO in the series, and 2 for 27 with 19 SO in an abysmal showing from the ALDS onwards. Sanchez is not much better, going 0 for 7 with 5 SO in the ALCS, and 4 for 30 since the ALWC.

CC Sabathia (0-0, 3.72 ERA) could be the Yankees best shot if their offense can't pick it up. The lefty has a ton of postseason experience, holding a 9-5 record with a 4.46 ERA in 21 appearances, 20 of which were starts. In the ALCS, Sabathia is 3-3 with a 5.85 ERA in seven starts. 

The veteran isn't that familiar with the Astros though, not having faced them this season, but in his three career starts against them, Sabathia is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA. 

Will he get the run support though... 

Do you agree with our pick? Or will the best batting team struggle again on offense? Let us know what you think in the comment section below, and be sure to share and follow us for more MLB postseason picks!

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