The Yankees Will Try to Force a Decisive Game 7 When They Visit the Houston Astros for Game 6 Tonight
The AL Championship Series changes venues as it moves back to the Lone Star State without the benefit of a travel day. The New York Yankees attempt to stave off elimination as they battle the Houston Astros in Game 6 of their best of seven set Saturday night. In Houston, the teams split the first two games in the series: New York took a 7-0 victory in Game 1 on Saturday night. Houston answered by recording a 3-2 victory in 11 innings on Sunday night to square the series. The Astros grabbed home field advantage back by earning a 4-1 win in Game 3 on the road Tuesday night and followed that up with an 8-3 triumph in Game 4 Thursday to put the Yankees on the brink. New York answered with a 4-1 triumph in Game 5 to send the series back to the Lone Star State.
Odds Analysis: Houston has been formidable at home and the Yankees have scored more than two runs in an inning just once in their 46 offensive innings this series. So it’s understandable that the Astros are favored, even in a bullpen game. The total opened at nine, though the under has been prevalent throughout this series.
|Betting Odds & Stats|
|New York Yankees||Lines||Houston Astros|
|+120 (-170)||Spread||-130 (150)|
|Over 9 (-115)||Total||Under 9 (-105)|
|New York Yankees||Concensus||Houston Astros|
|Over 60%||Total||Under 40%|
|New York Yankees||Score and stat||Houston Astros|
|Chad Green||Stats||Brad Peacock|
|New York Yankees +120|
The New York Yankees come into this matchup with a 2-3 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 5 against the Houston Astros, 4-1. James Paxton received the starting nod for the New York Yankees, and he had success as he gave up 1 earned run in 6 innings. Aaron Hicks had a big game from the plate for the Yankees as he contributed 1 HR and 3 RBIs.
The New York Yankees have not yet named a starting pitcher as they will throw a reliever in an opener role. The New York Yankees ended the regular season ranked 14th in team ERA (4.31), 4th in strikeouts (1534), and 11th in BAA (.248).
The Yankees now try to earn a win in Game 6 to set up a winner take all Game 7 Sunday night. New York finished with only five hits in the contest but three went for extra bases: Gleyber Torres (run) doubled while DJ LeMahieu (his second of the postseason) and Aaron Hicks (his first) each homered in the victory.
Hicks’ blast in the opening frame, a three-run shot, broke a 1-1 tie and closed the scoring on the night. James Paxton (1-0) earned the win on the mound as he allowed one run on four hits with four walks and nine strikeouts over six innings. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth, fanning one, for his second save of the postseason.
The Yankees are going to use a bullpen game for Saturday’s contest, which comes at a convenient time: New York managed to rest some of his key relievers, including the versatile Chad Green, while Zack Britton was the only bullpen piece to throw more than 9 pitches in Game 4.
Yankees are 42-17 in their last 59 Saturday games, Yankees are 61-27 in their last 88 games on grass.
|Chad Green New York Yankees Starting Pitcher|
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|Houston Astros -130|
The Houston Astros won 60 of their 81 home games during the regular season and need just one victory to advance to the World Series against Washington. In Game Five, SP Justin Verlander fanned nine batters and was charged with all four runs in seven innings of work. The Astros struck out 12 times and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Hinch will likely hold Gerrit Cole for Game Seven on his usual rest and choose to go with an all-hands-on deck approach. The Astros ranked third in the majors with a 3.66 team ERA. But this afternoon Houston skipper A.J. Hinch has announce his starter for Game Six Brad Peacock.
Houston had a chance to close things out on Friday night but their bats were silenced, forcing them to return home for this contest. The Astros would love to finish the series here to avoid using Gerrit Cole in Game 7 Sunday. Houston finished with five hits: George Springer (run) was the only player with two.
He scored the lone Astros run on a wild pitch. Justin Verlander (2-2) threw seven decent innings but was touched up in the first. He allowed four runs on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts while taking the loss. Verlander allowed two homers, upping his career postseason total to 23, third-most in major league history.
Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 League Championship home games.
|Brad Peacock Houston Astros Starting Pitcher|
|Astros rookie slugger LF Yordan Alvarez is 1-for-19 with 10 strikeouts in the series.|
|Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton (quad) returned for Game 5 after sitting out the previous three games and went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts while serving as the DH.|
|Houston LF Michael Brantley is 6-for-16 in the last four games after going 2-for-16 in the first four of the playoffs.|
|The Pick: Houston Astros -130, Over 9|