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New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros Betting Preview

For the third time in the last six years, the New York Yankees and Houston Astros will battle it out in the American League Championship Series. The Astros will host the opener on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:37 pm ET.

After receiving a bye through the first round, the New York Yankees were pushed to a Game 5 by the Cleveland Guardians. After rain postponed the finale on Monday, the Yankees took down the Guardians 5-1 on Tuesday.

For Houston they have enjoyed some rest after sweeping the Seattle Mariners in the Divisional series. The Astros won a marathon game in the finale, beating Seattle 1-0 in 18 innings on Saturday.

The Astros are the favorites Wednesday night, playing at home. They are -190 to win, while the Yankees’ moneyline sits at +160. The runline features New York +1.5 (-138), and the over/under for total runs is seven.

No Rest For The Weary

After winning their Divisional series over the Guardians on Tuesday, the Yankees did not have much time to celebrate as this ALCS starts Wednesday night. Despite the lack of rest, the Yankees hope to keep the momentum going and take Game 1 of this series on the road.

On the mound for the Yankees will be righty Jameson Taillon. In 32 games this season, Taillon went 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and he struck out 151 in 177.1 innings.

Taillon has only pitched in one game this postseason, and that appearance was in relief. He was roughed up as he didn’t record an out, allowing two runs on three hits.

At the plate, all eyes will be on Aaron Judge. The All-Star hit .311/.425/.686 with an American League record 62 home runs this season. He also added 131 runs batted in, 133 runs, and 16 stolen bases.

Anthony Rizzo (32 HR) and Giancarlo Stanton (31 HR) are also threats to go deep anytime they step up to the plate.

Astros In Familiar Territory

Not only did the Astros defeat the Mariners to move onto the ALCS, they made history in the process. Houston will be appearing in their sixth straight ALCS, an American League record. Having won three of those ALCS, they will look to add a fourth starting on Wednesday.

On the mound for the Astros is future Hall-of-Famer and likely AL Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander. In 28 games this season, he went 18-4 this season with a 1.75 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, and he struck out 185 in 175 innings.

Despite his regular season success, he did not fare as well in his lone start of the ALDS. He lasted just four innings, allowing six runs to the Mariners. Thankfully for Astros’ fans, the offense bailed him out, but Verlander will look to bounce back in this one.

At the plate, Yordan Alvarez has been one of the most feared hitters in the postseason thus far. Hitting go-ahead home runs in two of the three games of the ALDS, he is building on a regular season in which he hit 37 home runs, 97 runs batted in, and scored 95 runs.

Kyle Tucker (30 HR, 107 RBI), Jose Altuve (28 HR, 103 R), Alex Bregman (23 HR, 93 RBI, 93 R), and Jeremy Pena (22 HR, 63 RBI) also help make up an incredibly deep lineup.

Take Houston To Win The Opener

This one boils down to the pitching. With Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes being unavailable, the Astros have the clear advantage on the mound Tuesday night.

Granted, Houston needs Verlander to pitch better than he did in the last series, but there is a reason why the Astros are the favorites to win the World Series. With an outstanding offense and defense, coupled with their sensational play at home, make Houston a strong choice to win this one.

Take Houston straight up at -190.

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