Astros vs. Yankees Prediction
The Houston Astros and the host New York Yankees had Game 4 of the ALCS wiped out by rain yesterday. Can New York even the series up at 2-2 when the series resumes tonight?
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Yankee Stadium at 8:08PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Yankees are listed as a -123 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Astros are a +113 underdog, while the total is set at 8 runs. As of Thursday morning, 68 percent of public bets are being placed on host New York. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Altuve, Reddick power Astros
Houston posted a 4-1 victory at New York Monday night in Game 3 of the ALCS to take a 2-1 series lead. Gerrit Cole threw seven shutout innings to notch the win as he gave up four hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth inning with no strikeouts to record the save. Jose Altuve helped pace the Astros offensive as he finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run plus two runs scored. Josh Reddick was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Yuli Gurriel ended the game 2-for-4 with a walk and a run. Zack Greinke will start tonight for Houston after allowing three earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks over six innings in Game 1 of the ALCS as New York won by a count of 7-0.
Torres provides only offense
New York fell by a score of 4-1 at home Monday against Houston to drop to a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-7 ALCS. Gleyber Torres ended the game 1-for-2 with an eighth inning solo home run to break up the shutout plus two walks. D.J. LeMahieu finished 2-for-5, while Edwin Encarnacion was 1-for-4 with a double. Luis Severino took the loss as he gave up two earned runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking three. The Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound tonight after he threw six one-hit shutout innings with four strikeouts and one walk in the Game 1 triumph.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 9-3 in their last 12 road games. Houston is 6-11 in its last 17 playoff road games.
The Yankees are 9-3 in their last 12 playoff home games. New York is 54-18 in its last 72 home games.
The pitching situations were up in the air going into Wednesday, but that was all solidified with the rainout as it gives Houston the edge as it can go right back to Greinke. While he has not been great in his first two playoff starts, I trust him to turn in a fine performance here as he's one of the most cerebral pitchers in baseball. Conversely, I don't think anyone can expect the same sort of performance out of Tanaka as he can be maddeningly inconsistent. I have a better sense that Greinke can make the necessary adjustments, while the Houston hitters should have a better read on Tanaka tonight. I'm taking the Astros to extend their series lead.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ASTROS +113