The lockout this winter forced MLB schedulers to cram in matchups wherever they could. One of the many odd results has the New York Yankees splitting their one annual visit to the Houston Astros between a single contest Thursday night and a doubleheader on July 21. Baseball fans, as well as those betting online, will likely take these matchups any way they can get them, as the four-gamer that Houston and New York played at Yankee Stadium last weekend was thrilling.
Stanton, Judge Hammering Opponents
Giancarlo Stanton, who slugged a three-run homer that proved to be the difference in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over Oakland, senses a different vibe with this New York Yankees team.
“We find a way to figure it out every night,” Stanton said Wednesday. “We’re just like, pushing the envelope, boom-boom-boom, until the game’s over.”
The victory was the MLB-high, 24th come-from-behind win for New York, two of which took place in dramatic fashion against the Astros last weekend. Aaron Judge, who also homered Wednesday, delivered a pair of walk-off hits in that series, part of another torrid month in which he’s slugged 11 home runs.
Luis Severino, who was on the mound for one of the Yankees’ two losses to the Astros in the Bronx, gets the nod in this one. He’ll be pitching in Minute Maid Park for the first time since May 2, 2018, when he notched his one and only career shutout.
Something to consider at the sportsbook.
Astros Wrapping Up Long Run vs New York Teams
This game marks the finale of a nine-game stretch in which the Houston Astros played exclusively New York teams. The Astros first swept two from the Mets at home before the four-game split in Yankee Stadium and then another two-game sweep of the Mets in Queens.
The Astros’ 6-2 mark during the run speaks volumes about how they measure up to the best in the business.
Wednesday’s 2-0 triumph at Citi Field didn’t come without incident, however. Both left fielder Yordan Alvarez and standout rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena had to leave the field following a collision in shallow left. Keep an eye on their status as you analyze the MLB lines for this one.
Luis Garcia was the one member of Houston’s rotation to not appear in Yankee Stadium, but he’ll get a crack at the American League East leaders on Thursday. Garcia labored through 4.2 innings in his only prior career start vs New York, as Stanton took him deep.
The Astros have won 19 of their last 26 at home.
Yankees vs Astros Head-to-Head
New York has claimed nine of the last 14 meetings dating back to the 2019 season. In their last visit to Houston a little less than a year ago, the Yankees posted back-to-back shutouts behind Nestor Cortes and Gerrit Cole before falling 8-7 in the series finale on a walk-off three-run jack by Jose Altuve.
Yankees vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Yankees (56-20) vs Astros (47-27)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- Day/Time: Thursday, 6:10 p.m. ET
- Yankees vs Astros LiveStream: MLB.tv
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Yankees vs Astros Betting Lines
|New York Yankees
L. Severino -R
|-1½ +140||-118||7½ -115o||
L. Garcia -R
|+1½ -160||+108||7½ -105u||
Yankees vs Astros Prediction
This is a tricky one, to be sure. Houston already had to place outfielder Michael Brantley (shoulder) on the IL prior to the series in Citi Field, and losing Alvarez and Pena for just a game would make for a very lean lineup against Severino.
On the other hand, the Astros were in control of most of the series in Yankee Stadium. They even put together a 16.2-inning hitless streak – including the first no-hitter in Yankee Stadium in 19 years – in between Judge’s walk-offs.
But just as Stanton indicated, this Yankees team is built differently. If Severino gets to face a limited lineup and Giancarlo and Aaron get a few pitches to hit, there’s a great chance that a team on pace for 119 wins picks up another.
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