Yankees vs Astros MLB Playoff Predictions - ALCS Game 2
Poised For Another Pitchers' Duel?
Houston's offense struggled last night, something that we don't usually see, but it was more to do with New York's pitching than a sluggish night of batting. That being said, they still managed to get the 2-1 win in a game that could have gone either way.
They look for the 2-0 series lead on Saturday before heading to New York. With Luis Severino, having recently found his groove, starting for the Yankees, and Justin Verlander, arguably the Astros' pitcher with best current form, we just might be in store for a similar story to Game 1.
We are still crushing it with our predictions, correctly capping Game 1 of this series. We got Houston at a great line as well, after the public pounded the Yanks. Our record currently stands at 11-4. For this game, the Astros opened moderate favorites, but a bit of money has come in on NY.
Luis Severino vs Justin Verlander. This wreaks of low scoring, but we all know how that turned out in Game 5 of the NLCS in Washington. Both offenses seem to be struggling, but the Yankees' have too many great hitters to lie down for another game. Frazier and Gregorius can hit Verlander, and Judge and Sanchez could add a layer of surprise for the veteran, since he's never faced them before.
The Houston hitters have great numbers against Severino too, so it seems the game can be either high or low scoring. We predict a game similar to Game 1. Whether it's low scoring or moderate, this will be a close game.
New York has been proven to be consistent on the RL. The last time they failed to cash it was in Game 1 of the ALDS. They have a knack at keeping things close, and with this pitching matchup, it should be easier for them. We had Houston yesterday, and now we'll switch gears to the Yanks.
Pick: New York Yankees +1.5 (-175) at Sports Interaction
Yankees vs Astros ALCS Game 2
The New York Yankees will have to pick it up if they want to have a chance in this series. After a mere one run loss, the club knows they had a chance, but are still looking at a 1-0 deficit in the series. Dallas Keuchel had their number, but they need to make some noise against Verlander.
Greg Bird hasn't faced him yet, and having been the face of the New York offense in recent games, hitting three home runs in just five games, he'll look to continue that trend. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have never faced Verlander either, and that could be the catalyst to get Judge going in the postseason. The team as a whole has struck out 79 times in the last six games.
Luis Severino (1-0, 7.36 ERA) put his ALWC start behind him, where he just lasted just 0.1 innings against the Twins, made some adjustments, and came back strong in Game 4 of the ALDS versus the Indians, striking out nine, and allowing three runs in 7 IP in the pivotal win.
Houston's had his number though.
Against the Astros, the righty allowed three runs in 2.1 innings at Yankee Stadium and six runs in 5.1 innings at Minute Maid Park this season. Overall, that's nine runs on 15 hits in 11.2 innings. Severino especially has trouble with Carlos Correa, who is 3 for 4 against him, Marwin Gonzalez, who is 2 for 5 with a homer, and Yuri Gurriel, who is 4 for 5.
The 23-year-old's saving grace could be his road record, where he went 6-1 with a 2.24 ERA. Severino's last six road starts had him boast a 0.89 ERA.
For the Houston Astros, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa are leading the way. Altuve is 11 for 19 in this postseason, drawing four walks. Gigante's performance last night was as good as it could get for such a low scoring game, getting three hits, stealing a base, and scoring a run. Correa is on a four game hit streak with seven RBIs in that span.
Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.12 ERA) is a postseason veteran, as evidenced by his great outings so far. His six innings of work in Game 1 of the ALDS and 2.2 innings out of the bullpen in Game 4 earned him a perfect 2-0 start to this postseason. Verlander has five career ALCS starts with a 3.55 ERA.
In his career, Yankee Aaron Hicks is 0 for 9 with 4 SO against Verlander, but Todd Frazier is 5 for 17 with two home runs, and Didi Gregorius is 2 for 6 with a homer of his own.
The 34-year-old Verlander shouldn't be worried though, as he is a perfect 7-0 with a 1.48 ERA since joining the Astros and is 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA at Minute Maid Park.
He should perform well here on Saturday, but it'll most likely be a low scoring game.
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