Yankees vs Astros MLB Playoff Predictions - ALCS Game 1
Yankees Face Astros As Underdogs In Game 1
With all Division Series in the books, we move to the semi-finals, the Championship Series. After taking care of Boston in their ALDS on Monday, the Astros have been waiting for the Yankees and Indians to conclude their bout, secretly hoping the dog in that series would come out on top. They did.
The Yankees come into this game hoping to ride the wave of momentum from their road win in Cleveland.
We nailed our last American League game, as seen here, taking the Yankees on the RL. We could have taken them SU, but it was too risky against Kluber. We still got a unit out of it. Our National League play on Thursday cashed as well, bringing our record to 11-4. Stick with us for even more postseason winners!
This game currently has the Astros as moderately priced favorites. They opened at near two dollar favorites, but money promptly came in on the Yankees.
There's not much to say about this one. The Houston Astros have been great in the postseason so far. Sure, they didn't get a sweep, but their offense has been consistent. The Yankees struggled against a better opponent, and came out on top, but it might just have taken too much out of their bullpen.
Add that to the fact that Tanaka's numbers against the 'Stros are terrible, and Keuchel dominates them, and it's not looking good for the Yanks in Game 1 away.
Money poured in on New York after opening, but don't believe the hype. We'll just get a better price on the home side.
Pick: Houston Astros (-155) at Sports Interaction
Yankees vs Astros ALCS Game 1
Dallas Keuchel has some good numbers against the New York Yankees, but that might be in name only. The club Keuchel faced didn't have this squad of young new additions. They will look to avoid another 0-2 start in the series and come out swinging.
That is if they can get Aaron Judge out of his funk. The right fielder is just 1 for 20 with 16 SO so far.
The Yankees' ALCS numbers aren't that encouraging either. New York is 0-4 in their last 4 road ALCS games and 0-5 in their last 5 overall.
Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 0.00) has been a bright spot for his team this postseason. His incredible pitching in Game 3 led the team to a 1-0 win, bringing the series to 2-1. He only allowed three hits in seven innings. Tanaka has thrown 14 scoreless innings going back to the regular season.
Against Houston though, the Japan native has a bit of work to do. In four career starts against them, Tanaka is 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA. In his only start against them this season, he suffered his worst start of the year, allowing eight runs on seven hits in only 1.2 innings.
His road stats aren't that impressive either, having gone 4-7 with a 6.48 ERA in 15 away starts this season.
The Houston Astros have been off since Monday, but most of the time, with rest comes rust. They won the ALDS with the Red Sox by 3-1, having had to rally in Game 4 to prevent Boston from tying up the series. Jose Altuve had been consistent in the Astros' first series, having gone 8 for 15 with 4 RBIS, including three home runs.
Houston preferred to face New York to the team with the best AL record, especially since they've won five of the seven games against them this season, but they're still not taking them lightly. Joe Girardi's club is the only team in the AL who hit more long balls than them, 241 to the Astros' 238.
Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 1.59) is able to start this game because the 'Stros rallied to avoid a Game 5. Justin Verlander, who started Game 1 last series, pitched out of the bullpen in Game 4, and manager A.J. Hinch is confident enough in Keuchel's abilities to send him out on Friday.
And he has been good. Very good.
In his last outing, Game 2, Keuchel pitched his fourth start in a row giving up two runs or less, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings.
The 29-year-old has been fire against the Yankees as well. His team is 5-1 in his last 6 starts against them. In seven career starts versus the Bronx Bombers, the lefty is 5-2 with a 1.23 ERA. In those 44.2 innings, he's gotten 45 SO to only 6 BB.
In Keuchel's only postseason appearance against the Yankees in 2015, he shut them out 3-0 on the road.
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