Astros Try to Slow Yankees
The last time the Houston Astros and New York Yankees met, the Astros scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and won 8-7 on a three-run walk-off homer by Jose Altuve. That was on July 11, 2021, and while much has changed since then, there figures to be plenty more drama when the teams rekindle their rivalry on Thursday in New York.
The Yankees have won 14 in a row at home, four shy of a franchise record that they could tie with a sweep of the Astros this weekend. Before we get too far down that road, however, let’s dive into the MLB odds, stats, injury reports, and MLB lines for the Astros vs Yankees on Thursday. We have plenty on hand for your MLB spreads.
Alvarez, Astros Set for Six Straight in New York
After sweeping a two-game series from the New York Mets to begin the week, the Houston Astros have these four games at Yankee Stadium before visiting the Mets for two more. It’s an eight-game Big Apple test against the top two teams in the majors, and Houston is off to a great start.
Yordan Alvarez crushed his 20th and 21st home runs in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over the Mets at home. The big slugger is batting .443 in June and leads the majors in OPS 1.064, carrying a lineup that has seen others struggle to get going.
“He is so locked in,” teammate Alex Bregman said of Alvarez. “He’s swinging at good pitches to hit and it’s just beautiful to see.”
Alvarez is 0-for-3 against Jameson Taillon, who gets the start for the Yankees on Thursday. That’s too small a sample to influence things at the sportsbook, but Alvarez’s current hot streak provides plenty to consider for those betting online.
Yankees Unbeaten at Home for a Full Month
It was May 23 when the New York Yankees last suffered a setback in the Bronx, a 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Their 14 consecutive home wins is the team’s longest streak since 1961, a year before the Houston franchise joined the majors. With a victory Thursday, it would be tied for the longest team streak since 1942, when New York won its record 18 in a row at home
Taillon will be tasked, in part, with keeping the run alive. He’s been on an impressive streak of his own with eight straight wins since a season-opening loss to Toronto. The righty owns a 2.54 ERA during his 8-0 stretch.
Taillon figures to get some support from his league-leading offense, which has slugged 31 homers during its 14 straight home wins. Aaron Judge hit a pair and Jose Trevino went deep in Wednesday’s 5-4 win at Tampa Bay, which gave New York seven consecutive series wins.
Astros vs Yankees Head-to-Head
The Astros defeated the Yankees in the postseason three times between 2015 and 2019, including the memorable seven-game ALCS in 2017. It’s not much of a consolation prize, but New York is 12-8 against Houston over the past four regular seasons.
Astros vs Yankees Game Information
- Game: Astros (43-25) vs Yankees (51-18)
- Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
- Day/Time: Thursday, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Astros vs Yankees Live Stream: MLB.tv
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Astros vs Yankees Betting Lines
F. Valdez -L
|+1½ -175||+112||8 -120o||3½ -130o / 3½ Evu|
|New York Yankees
J. Taillon -R
|-1½ +155||-122||8 Evu||4½ +110o / 4½ -140u|
Astros vs Yankees Prediction
The MLB lines suggest a relatively even matchup in the series opener. Framber Valdez, who gets the nod for the Astros, has quietly been one of the steadiest hurlers in baseball. We noted Taillon’s strong run earlier. There won’t be much given on that end of things.
Offensively is where the separations exist between these two teams. While Houston hits a lot of home runs, it doesn’t do much else. The ‘Stros rank 24th in the majors in hits, 18th in average and 18th in runs scored. Additionally, Taillon has been stingy with the long ball, allowing just three in his last 59.2 innings and only one in his last 31 innings at home.
As long as he can keep Alvarez in the park, the Yankees have a great shot at keeping their streak alive. Until they show otherwise, there isn’t much reason to go against them.
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