The Houston Astros still aren’t hitting very well, but the pitching is more than making up for the offensive slump. The Astros will try to take some of the pressure off their pitching staff when they visit the New York Yankees on Monday for the opener of a key three-game series.
Houston leads the American League West by four games over the Texas Rangers after pulling off a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 3-2 win on Jason Castro’s walk-off homer in the 10th inning on Sunday. That marked the seventh straight game in which the Astros failed to score more than three runs, but they are 5-2 in that span. The Yankees dropped a 4-3 decision on Sunday and lost three of four to the Cleveland Indians over the weekend to fall a half-game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. New York will send Houston native Nathan Eovaldi to the mound while the Astros try to improve upon a 24-35 road record behind veteran Scott Feldman.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, ROOT (Houston), WPIX (New York)
LINE HISTORY: The Yankees opened around -141 but are now -132. The total remains at the opening number of 8.
INJURY REPORT: Astros – 3B Jed Lowrie (Doubtful, thumb), RF George Springer (15-day DL, wrist). Yankees – 1B Mark Teixeira (Doubtful, shin).
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-70s under parly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from rightfield to leftfield at around 10 miles per hour.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Another no-hitter from an unlikely source as recent Astros pick-up Mike Fiers threw a no-no against a very good Dodgers team on Saturday. This team is clicking on all cylinders right now, especially the pitching, which allowed just eight runs in six games, dating back to August 18. The Yanks had a great opportunity to increase their lead in the AL East, playing two sub-.500 teams at home last week. But they didn’t take full advantage. After sweeping the Twins in the first three games, New York went on to lose three of four to the Indians. Thus, the Jays are back in first place.” Covers Expert Big Al McMordie.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Scott Feldman (5-5, 4.05 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Nathan Eovaldi (13-2, 4.24)
Feldman has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last five starts and scattered two runs and nine hits over seven innings in a no-decision against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The 32-year-old is 1-0 in his last five outings, with the lone triumph coming with six scoreless innings at San Francisco on Aug. 12. Feldman is 5-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 12 career games – 10 starts – against New York.
Eovaldi has not lost since getting ripped for eight runs in two-thirds of an inning at Miami on June 16 and is coming off a win over Minnesota on Wednesday. The Texan was reached for three runs on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight – his most k’s since punching out nine at Baltimore on April 15. Eovaldi allowed two runs and five hits in six innings to earn a win at Houston on June 26.
* Under is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
* Under is 6-0 in Astros last six overall.
* Yankees are 7-1 in Eovaldi’s last eight starts as a favorite.
* Astros are 5-1 in their last six overall.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Sixty-four percent of bettors are backing the Yankees.