With Gerrit Cole on the mound, Yankees as a -140 favorite but the money has pushed that to -155 in some spots. Going back on the MLB schedule for 2022, the Astros have beaten the Yankees in 7 of their 9 meetings overall, while splitting their four meetings at Yankee Stadium.
Game: Houston Astros (2-0) at New York Yankees (0-2)
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Streaming: Live Stream Sports
Astros Two Wins Away from Another World Series
Houston was a big winner for bettors this season with their 111-56 overall record, good for 1317 units won. Only the Baltimore Orioles (+2457 units) and Cleveland Guardians (+1521 units) were better.
Houston Astros lost a total of 324 games or an average of 108 per season. Jim Crane who bought the team from Drayton McLane, Jr in 2011 decided it was best to tear his new team down. Houston has missed the playoffs once (2016) since the acquisition, averaging under 98 wins a season (excluding 2020’s Covid season).
Despite a tainted 2017 World Series win, there’s no denying that this club, which has been in three Fall Classics in the last six seasons, has been a model franchise under Crane. Houston was a big winner for bettors this season with their 111-56 overall record, good for 1317 units won. Only the Baltimore Orioles (+2457 units) and Cleveland Guardians (+1521 units) were better.
Despite their success, Houston has not fared well as an underdog, posting a 10-12 record (-13 units). It was their fourth straight season that they lost money as a dog for bettors with -1010 units lost behind a 37-55 record since 2019. Dusty Baker’s team does seem to keep pace as a dog against the Bronx Bombers, winning 3 of 5 in 2022. The MLB schedules 2022, have been good to the Astros, the ball is literally in their court.
Yankees In Must-Win Situation
A team is never really in control of a series until they win a game on the road. With a victory Saturday, Houston would take a 3-0 lead while digging a deep hole for the Yanks. The residue of the Cleveland series seems to be lingering for the pinstripes, but the reality is if they lose they’ll have to beat the Astros four straight times. That feat hasn’t been done since the first month of the season. In fact, Houston has lost three or more games just three times all year. Even at 2-0, New York has a mountain to climb.
There is likely a mental mountain to climb not only with the Astros success head to head in the regular season, but this is the third time that these squads have played in an ALCS with the ‘Stros winning both. Cole will be opposed by Lance McCullers, Jr who hasn’t allowed an earned run in the postseason in six innings pitched, all against Seattle.
With 18 career postseason appearances under his belt, you can bet that there won’t be any jitters for the Tampa Bay native. One note to McCullers starting is that there have been some rumblings that it will be Christian Javier (11-9, 2.54) getting the ball and not McCullers. That has been confirmed by one source we like to get multiple sources before making it official. The New York Yankees betting odds are getting longer but one has to think the first game back in the Bronx will be a hard one to steal.
Starters Won’t Change The Sharp Play
Concluding Our Yankees vs Astros Game Betting Preview: There are times when a change in starters ruffles the feathers of bettors but either way we’re satisfied with our official selection. We’re going with the under (7 -118).
Games like this are why Cole gets paid $324 million and we expect him to earn his money in Game three. We would be shocked to not see a laser-focused effort from the former UCLA star, especially against his former team. Too often bettors think a pitching change if that happens, equals a poor outing because of the potential of a short-notice start. A pitching change favors the new starter because opposition scouting reports are constructed around the original pitcher. No matter who starts for Houston, expect both team’s starters to throw a gem.