Awakened Astros Bats Could Mean End Of Yankees Season
Remember those first six games in the ALCS? Well they're all meaningless now (unless you tailed our picks and won money of course), as this is what it all comes down to before the World Series.
The Yankees had a chance to seal the deal on Friday, but home field is a heck of an advantage in this series, and Houston took it due to a revitalized offense.
Should we expect more of the same for Game 7?
We hit our first loss in a while on Friday with Game 6. We felt the Yankees had the momentum going in and that Verlander would have regressed just enough that the Yanks could take advantage. We also had them on the RL, as they hadn't lost by more than a run since Oct. 5.
Even with this loss, our record still stands at a respectable 20-6, and with the World Series coming up soon, it's best to jump onboard! The line opened with the Astros as small to moderate favorites. The line has barely moved though and we aren't expecting much else before gametime.
Back on the road, back to struggling. The Yankees have sure proven themselves at home, but they still have a lot of work to do on the road. If they had at least made it a close game on Friday, there would be reason to look at them in this spot against Morton.
But averaging a single run in each game in Houston isn't a trend to back. Especially since Houston has just regained their offensive flair they've been known for.
Sabathia is a great pitcher, and should pitch a good game, but the Astros have too many tools, including a rested pitching staff and high octane offense.
If Morton plays at home how he usually does, then it's goodnight Yankees season. Plus who can deny the stats for how home teams do in Game 7s in Championship Series?
Whether it's close or not, the Astros should take this with their Minute Maid Magic, and head to the World Series.
Pick: Houston Astros (-135) at Sports Interaction
Yankees vs Astros Game 7
The New York Yankees can make history Saturday night. Joe Girardi's squad can become just the 14th in history to come back from 0-2 to win the series. Not only that, but a win here would make them just the third team in history to beat a 100+ win team in both the Division Series and Championship Series. To achieve that though, they need to get their road offense going. Scoring a single run each time in Houston isn't going to get the job done.
CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.30 ERA) is good, but even he needs some run support. The veteran is 10-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 22 postseason appearances, 21 of which were starts. This postseason, the lefty is 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA with 19 SO in 15.2 innings over three starts.
The 37-year-old's last outing saw him pitch six scoreless innings against the Astros at Yankee Stadium in Game 3, the first time since 2009 that a pitcher of that age or older held the opposing team to no runs over that span.
The Houston Astros can also make history on Saturday. With a win, they'd become just the fifth team in history to win a seven game series at home by winning all their home games. Lucky for them, home teams are 18-7 in Championship Series' Game 7, going back to 1985.
Most pitchers will be available for this game, so if Charlie Morton (0-1, 10.13) faces some trouble, manager A.J. Hinch will have plenty of staff to turn to. Morton didn't fare too well against the Yankees his last time out, also against Sabathia. Lasting only 3.2 innings, the 33-year-old allowed seven runs off six hits.
That was on the road though. At home, Morton holds opponents to just .217, and has a record of 10-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 16 starts at Minute Maid Park.
With a renewed offense, the Astros should be able to take this one.
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