New York Yankees at Houston Astros

Yanks at Astros Monday’s Marquee MLB Game Lines Matchup

April 5th, 2019 MLB Baseball, Sportsbook

Certainly, few teams are as respected for 2019 than the Yankees and Astros. Houston won the World Series in 2017 in an unforgettable upset with MLB game lines.  Following their first ever World Series title was a 103-win season in 2018.  Once again Houston is picked to contend for the Fall Classic.  Meanwhile expectations are always high for the New York Yankees.  Starting with the 1995 season the Bronx Bombers have failed to make the playoffs just four times.  New York improved from 91 wins in 2017 to 100 wins for 2018 for first year manager Aaron Boone.

New York Yankees at Houston Astros

Date and Time: Monday, April 8, 2019, 7 p.m. ET

Location:  Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

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Starting Pitchers

Expected to take the hill for this one is Masahiro Tanaka of New York and Justin Verlander of Houston.  Of great concern for both teams are the opposing bullpens.  Each team ranks among the best in Major League Baseball at the start of the season.  Houston began 2019 ranked second in MLB for bullpen earned run average.  Along the same lines the Yankees ranked sixth for bullpen ERA.

Pitcher Statistics

New York right hander Masahiro Tanaka is 30 years old and has been a regular in the Yankees rotation since 2014.  Last year Tanaka was 12-6 with a 3.75 earned run average with a WHIP of 1.13.  Right hander Justin Verlander of Houston is 36 years old and a long-time respected veteran.  Indeed, many remember Verlander as a Detroit starter from 2005 through 2017.  Last year Verlander was 16-9 for the Astros with a 2.52 ERA and WHIP of 0.90.  Can anyone say “Fountain of Youth?”

Game stats to Consider

Late on New York has been a decent value for MLB game lines on the road.  Six payouts in their last nine away games does impress baseball bettors.  Seven of New York’s last nine away matchups went over the total.  Minute Maid Park has served pleasing home cooking for Houston and their backers.  Consider the Astros have paid in 13 out of their last 19 home games.  Just two of their last seven home matchups have gone under the total.

Team vs. Team

New York has had the recent sportsbook online advantage against Houston.  As an example, the Yankees have won eight of their last 12 games with the Astros.  Just two of the last eight between these teams cleared the total.  However, at Minute Maid Park the Yankees have not fared nearly as well.  Houston has come away with the cash in seven of their last 10 home games against the Bronx Bombers.  Six of the last eight between these clubs in H-Town have gone under the total.

Matchup to Watch

Of major concern any time the Yankees play is MLB game lines board value.  More emphatically New York draws a considerable amount of casual fan money that drives up their prices.  On the whole this sets up well for the Astros.  First, they are a quality and proven World Series contender in their own right.  Second, Verlander should put them in position for victory.

Yankees vs. Astros Betting Odds Picks

In this situation Houston rates as the better value.

Yankees vs. Astros Baseball Betting Online Pick:  Houston Astros

Yankees vs. Astros Baseball Betting Online Score Prediction: Astros 5, Yankees 2

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