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Cortez vs. Valdez Betting Secrets for the Yankees-Astros Showdown

Hold onto your hot dogs baseball maniacs, because MLB Opening Day is here and it’s coming in swinging for the fences from the get-go. Over at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros are set to play host to the always favorited New York Yankees at 4:10 PM ET, with the game being broadcasted through MLB.tv streaming service.

 

Nestor Cortes will start for the Yankees while the Astros will counter with Valdez.
With ace Gerrit Cole out for 10-12 weeks with an elbow injury, left-hander Nestor Cortes will start for the Yankees on Opening Day. Image from x/@ScoozeNews

Cortez vs. Valdez Betting Secrets for the Yankees-Astros Showdown

Now, I know we were all expecting an epic showdown between a couple of Cy Young-winning aces – Justin Verlander vs. Gerrit Cole. But it seems as if Lady Luck had other plans. Those big guns are riding the pine with a couple of nicks, leaving us with an unexpected southpaw special for opening day as Houston’s LHP Framber Valdez and NY’s LHP Nestor Cortez will be taking the mound.

 

Yankees vs. Astros Game Information and Streaming Option

  • Matchup: New York Yankees (0-0) vs Houston Astros (0-0)
  • Date: Thursday, March 28, 4:10 PM ET
  • Starting Pitchers: NYY: RHP Nestor Cortes (0-0) vs. HOU: RHP Framber Valdez (0-0),
  • Stream: MLB.tv

 

Is Cortes A Risky Bet To Lead NY To A Win?

On the other side of the hill, NYC’s definition of an underdog himself, Cortes. A 36th-round draft pick who’s danced with destiny, Cortes is living, breathing, pinstriped proof that grit can take you places, and a little shimmy in your pitch never hurt anybody.

New York’s fan-favoured lefty, just like Valdez would love nothing more than to replicate his 2022 successes. Having pitched 158.1 innings with a 2.44 ERA, 0,92 WHIP and 163 K’s to 38 walks, Cortes saw his progression be cut drastically short in 2023, only having 12 starts because of a rotator cuff injury.

Finishing out last season with a 4.97 ERA over just 63.1 innings of work, many came to doubt if “Nasty Nestor” was a one season hype train kind of pitcher, but now, with Cortes ready to make huge waves once again in 2024, hopes of a career reboost are high in the Bronx.

While most baseball experts continue to find difficulties trying to figure out Cortes’ true pitching style, especially with how he constantly works on different arm angles and delivery systems, leaving smaller and smaller error margins to truly asses his skills, it will be up to NY’s opening day ace to shut critics down and give pinstripe fans what they want, a strong first win on the road in 2024.

 

Is Betting On Valdez To Start 2024 Strong The Way To Go?

Now come on, it’s no time to be selling these lefties short, folks! On the one hand there’s Valdez, one of Houston’s elite aces with a fastball as dangerous as it is smooth. Framber is the literal definition of a non-stop pitching machine for the Astros, having pitched the fifth-most innings of any starting pitcher over the past couple of seasons.

Having recorded double-digit victories in his past three seasons, his 2023 numbers, where he amassed a 12-11 record, with a 3.45 ERA in 198 innings of work played a murky contrast against his 2022 digits, where Valdez ended up with a 17-6 record, with a 2.82 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 201.1 innings pitched, earning an AL All-Star nod, and finishing fifth overall in the AL Cy Young Award Race.

As Houston has come to understand, Valdez is the kind of pitcher that will bring as much volume for a starting pitcher as desired. For now, all the Astros can do is hope he can once again find his 2022 form, all while leading them to a strong first home win of the season against New York.

 

A Little Extra Motivation For Your MLB Betting Game

But if that still wasn’t enough for you to get your peanuts roasting, we’ve got a double dose of debut magic coming our way. Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo are about to don those famous pinstripes for the very first time in a regular season game, and you can bet that with the hype following their signings with New York, they’ll be swinging for the fences from the first at bat.

And on top of all, let’s not forget Houston’s new sheriff in town – Joe Espada, the fresh-faced skipper taking over for the legendary Dusty Baker. Talk about some big boots to fill!

So grab yourself a foam finger and get ready for a showdown of epic proportions between two American League Pennant teams betting favorites in 2024 and trust me when I say you won’t want to miss a single second of the action. Batter up!

 

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