MLB Picks — Keuchel Tries to Stop Yanks For Astros
The Houston Astros are one of the big surprises in Major League Baseball this season, demonstrating that their dedication to heavy-duty analytic s is paying off. On Thursday night, the American League West leaders will play host to the New York Yankees, who really laid out the lumber last night, in MLB betting action that is slated to get underway at 8:10 PM ET at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
BetAnySportscustomers saw the Yankees bust loose with some offense last night against the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, chasing Cole Hamels (rumored to be part of trade talks involving the Yankees) after five innings and roughing up the Philly bullpen. Carlos Beltran was the only member of the starting lineup without a base hit. Meanwhile, the Yankees, in Ivan Nova’s first start of the season, held the Phillies to six hits, after the staff had surrendered 34 runs in 44 hits over the previous three games.
On Thursday, the Yankees will send Adam Warren to the mound, and he has been a really pleasant surprise for this team, seizing the opportunity to pitch because of some of the injuries on the staff. He is 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA. Houston counters with one of the best starting pitchers in the league for the 2015 season. Dallas Keuchel not only has an 8-3 record, but his 2.35 earned run average is third-best in the American League.
In the MLB betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Astros are favored on their home field:
Houston Astros (Keuchel) -163
New York Yankees (Warren) +153
Over 7 runs -130
Under 7 runs +110
Warren has had kind of a Jekyll and Hyde existence this season, in the respect that while he has compiled a 2.21 earned run average at home, it is 4.91 on the road. And his ratio of 27 strikeouts to 17 walks is not all-inspiring. He is, however, coming off a strong outing against the Detroit Tigers last Friday, although it will be interesting to see how he reacts coming off a career-high of 110 pitches.
As for Keuchel, he has been near untouchable at home, with a 6-0 record and 1.62 ERA, complemented by a 0.97 WHIP ratio. He has not allowed a home run at Minute Maid Park this season, and that is something BetAnySports patrons should take note of.
On the technical side of this matchup, the Yankees have played seven straight games over the total, and Houston has played ten “overs” in their last 13. The Astros have also hit .341 in their last 20 home games, winning 15 of them. Currently Houston is 42-32 and four games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the American League West, while the Yankees, at 39-33, are one game behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East.
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By Charles Jay