The New York Yankees may have gotten the worst possible draw for the American League Wild Card game, facing pitcher Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros. In two starts against the Yankees this season, Keuchel didn’t allow a single earned run over 16.0 innings, while striking out 21 batters.
- The Astros were just 33-48 on the road this season.
- The Yankees and Astros have met seven times this season with the ‘Stros winning four.
- SP Dallas Keuchel has never started on three-days rest in his career.
The New York Yankees slumped into the playoffs with just one win in their past seven games, which includes being swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the final series of the season. To make matters worse for the Bronx Bombers, they have gone just 20-20 at Yankee Stadium since the All-Star Break.
Masahiro Tanaka will get his first start in the postseason for the Yankees with the Japanese-born righty being a model of consistency for the team this season. Tanaka has posted an ERA between 3.00 and 4.00 in every month of the season expect for June.
The Astros grip on the Wild Card spot was anything but assured down the final stretch of the season. The team was actually out of the spot at one point after leading the AL West for 139 days.
Much has been made of Keuchel’s home/road splits with the Cy Young candidate posting a 15-0 record with a 1.46 ERA at home compared to a 5-8 mark with 3.77 ERA on the road.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The New York Yankees were listed as 100 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 7.5 earlier at Bodog.
Odds – VSB
computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5-4.1 victory for the Astros. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Houston Astros vs New York Yankees Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
New York (87-75) will face the 86-76 Astros in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Houston injuries news.
It’s a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 22-rated New York Yankees and the league No. 7-ranked Houston Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds – VSB
The game also pits New York Yankees No. 2-rated offense, averaging 4.72 runs per game, against a Houston Astros defense that ranks No. 6 at 3.81 in runs allowed per game. The New York Yankees have averaged 8.62 hits per game so far, more than Houston Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.41 hits per game).
Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.16 runs per game on the highway. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Houston suffered a 5-3 loss against Arizona on Sunday, as L McCullers wasn’t able to lead his team to victory at Chase Field.
New York looks to rebound from a loss to the Orioles, who beat them 9-4 on Sunday behind a start from C Tillman at Camden Yards.
- Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
- Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Houston’s last 16 games when playing NY Yankees
- NY Yankees is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Yankees’s last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Yankees’s last 9 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Houston home to , Wednesday, December 31st
New York home to , Wednesday, December 31st