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Houston Astros vs New York Yankees Preview

New York Yankees

Houston Astros
0-2 April 03, 2014, 08:10 PM | Minute Maid Park 2-0

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting New York duelling Houston on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

Brett Oberholtzer gets the call for the Houston Astros and he will try to build on a 0-0 mark. In the other dugout, Ivan Nova brings a 0-0 ledger to the game for the Yankees as he tries to quiet the Astros bats.View New York Yankees vs Houston Astros Odds and Stats.

Houston was a 150 moneyline underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.

According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 29-ranked Astros and the No. 23-rated Yankees in this matchup.

In their last action, New York was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Astros. Bettors on Houston at +146 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. New York didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 3-1 to Houston on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Houston and its No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.5 runs per nine innings, against the No. 26 lineup of the Yankees at 1.5 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Yankees own the No. 22 mark in runs allowed.

Next up:
New York at Toronto, Friday, April 4th
Houston home to Los Angeles, Friday, April 4th