Thursday brings ten games around the majors, and the action starts with the closing contest of a three-game marquee series at Yankee Stadium in New York, so here’s the best Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees betting pick along with the latest odds on DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Yankees won the opener last Tuesday, 7-3, satisfying the odds as -120 home favorites. They were listed at -135 to win the middle contest Wednesday night, while the odds on the Yankees to win the closer sit at -188 at the moment.
The Astros dropped two straight games before Wednesday’s clash
The Houston Astros fell to 15-14 on the young season following that 7-3 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. It was their second straight defeat, but the Astros have won eight of their last 12 games overall excluding Wednesday’s game at Yankee Stadium.
Houston is third in the AL West, three games behind the leader Oakland, and just one game behind second-placed Seattle. The Astros are scoring 4.86 runs per game (tied-6th in the MLB) while slashing .253/.317/.406. Still, they’ve smacked just 29 home runs thus far, and only five teams have hit fewer round-trippers than Houston.
Lance McCullers Jr. will get his sixth starting nod of the season on Thursday, and the 27-year-old righty is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 30/14 K/BB ratio across 26.2 frames. Last time out, McCullers pitched seven scoreless innings against Tampa Bay while punching out nine. He’s 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in four career starts against the Yankees but hasn’t met the Bombers since 2018.
The Yankees hope to stay hot at the plate
The New York Yankees have improved a lot offensively over the last ten days, scoring five or more runs in five of their previous seven contests. They swept a three-game home series against the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, and the Yankees had nine hits against Zack Greinke and the Astros bullpen last Tuesday.
The Bombers are tallying 4.03 runs per game (tied-22nd in the majors). They are batting only .223 (25th) and slugging .380 (20th). The Yankees have hit 38 dingers so far (tied-8th), and there’s arguably plenty of room for improvement, considering how good their lineup really is.
Gerrit Cole will take the mound Thursday, and he’s the main reason why the Yankees are listed as firm favorites to win this battle. The 30-year-old ace is 4-1 on the season, sporting a terrific 1.43 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, and 62/3 K/BB ratio across 37.2 innings. Cole will get the Astros for the first time since he left Houston in 2020.
- 2-5 in the last seven games on the road
- 4-10 in the last 14 road tilts against the Yankees
- 6-1 in the last seven games overall
- 5-1 in the last six home contests
Both Houston and New York have played well lately, so I’m expecting a hard-fought battle. Also, both clubs possess plenty of dangerous offensive weapons, and the Yankees bullpen should be a key factor.
Of course, Gerrit Cole will do his part of the job. The righty has yielded only three earned runs over his previous three starts while striking out 33 in the process. The Yankees ‘pen owns the best ERA in baseball (2.30), while the Astros’ relievers are 16th with a 4.08 ERA.
Pick: Take New York Yankees at -188
If both starters pitch well, we should see a proper low-scoring affair. The current Astros are batting .338 against Cole, but as I’ve mentioned, Gerrit hasn’t met Houston since joining the Yankees. On the other side, Lance McCullers owns a strong record against New York, though he hasn’t faced the Yankees in three years.
Ten of the Yankees’ last 15 games overall went in the under, as well as five of the Astros’ previous nine. Also, the under is 4-3 in the last seven encounters between these two AL foes excluding Wednesday’s encounter, so I’m opting with seven or fewer runs in this one.
Pick: Go under 7.5 runs at -105