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Yanks, ’Stros Kick Off Four-Game Set With Pitching Duel

The New York Yankees and Houston Astros will battle for the top spot in the MLB over the weekend with the best teams in baseball opening a four-game series Thursday. The series will kick off with a bang, as Dallas Keuchel and Michael Pineda will get the start for their respective teams.

Shark Bites
  • The Astros are 1-4 SU and against the runline in their last 5 games against the Yankees.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Yankees' last 11 games.
  • The Astros have 14 comeback wins this season, the most in the MLB.

After a down year in 2016, Keuchel has found the form that had him win the 2015 AL Cy Young. The lefty sits in the top five in the American League in IP, ERA, WHIP and WAR for pitchers. Keuchel is coming off his worst start of the season, an outing that saw him surrender seven hits and five earned runs across 8.0 innings.

Pineda has surrendered just two earned runs in his past two starts while tallying 14 strikeouts to just two walks. Maybe the most impressive part of Pineda’s game has been his command of the strike zone and his efficiency, as he is 12th in the AL in Ks but 45th in IP.

Both pitchers will be in for a tough outing, as the Astros and Yankees both sit in the top five in the MLB in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Carlos Correa is pacing the ’Stros recently with the SS posting a .371 batting average and nine RBIs in the month of May. Youngster Aaron Judge has been all the talk of New York, as the slugger paces the Bronx Bombers in home runs, RBIs and OBP.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New York Yankees were listed as -112 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 8 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 5.4-4.1 victory for the Yankees. 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

21-10 New York battles the Astros, currently with a 23-11 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Houston injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 2 (New York Yankees) and the No. 3 (Houston Astros) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Houston Astros rank No. 4 at 9.29 hits per game. That compares with the New York Yankees No. 2 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Houston features the No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.36 runs per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 at home, scoring 6.8 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston rolled to a 4-2 win against Atlanta on Wednesday, as Joe Musgrove and the Astros' bats led the team to victory at Minute Maid Park.

The Yankees endured a 5-3 loss at the hands of the Reds on Tuesday, with C Sabathia throwing 6 innings of 7-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Houston is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • NY Yankees is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • NY Yankees is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of NY Yankees's last 11 games
  • NY Yankees is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at New York, Friday, May 12th