In Game 1 of the ALCS; home runs were king. Five of the six total runs scored in Yankees vs Astros Game 1 came from the long ball. The Houston Astros got the better of the New York Yankees, taking Game 1, 4-2. With one more game in Houston before the series shifts to New York, can Houston take a 2-0 series lead, or will the Yankees tie it up and take home-field advantage?
This MLB betting preview for the ALCS MLB Playoffs Yankees vs Astros Game 2 includes game info, starting pitchers, betting odds, trends and a prediction for tonight’s postseason matchup.
New York Yankees vs Houston Astros Prediction | ALCS MLB Playoffs Game 2
ALCS MLB Playoffs Game 2 (HOU leads 1-0)
New York Yankees (99-63, 42-39 Away) vs. Houston Astros (106-56, 55-26 Home)
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2021
Time: 7:37 p.m. EST
Venue: Minute Maid Park — Houston, TX
Yankees vs Astros Starting Pitchers
Yankees: Luis Severino (7-3, 3.18 ERA)
Astros: Framber Valdez (17-6, 2.82 ERA)
New York Yankees Preview
The Yankees found themselves handicapped early in Game 1 when starting pitcher Jameson Taillon could only manage to get through 4 1/3 innings before getting the hook. New York’s bullpen couldn’t do enough to limit the Astros offense and gave up three earned runs in less than three innings immediately after Taillon was pulled.
The Yankees were able to score two runs but only amassed five total hits. Aaron Judge once again was a big reason for the loss as he was 0-4 with a strikeout. The Yankees offense continues to struggle without production from Aaron Judge and Judge doesn’t look to be coming out of his slump any time soon. If the Yankees want to even this series up, they need some of the other big bats like Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson to come through. If none of those three can step up, the Yankees will have a hard time competing with the Astros.
Houston Astros Preview
Justin Verlander has had some incredible postseason performances in his career. His Game 1 performance is right up there with the rest of them. Verlander pitched six innings, striking out 11 while giving up just three hits and one earned run. The bullpen did give up a home run thanks to an Anthony Rizzo solo home run, but that was more than enough to secure the victory.
The bats were good enough in Game 1 although relying so heavily on home runs is not great moving forward. Five of the seven hits for Houston came from the bats of Jeremy Pena and Chas McCormick. It was a good victory but Houston will hope to get more production from Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez moving forward in this series.
Yankees vs Astros Odds | MLB Playoffs Predictions
Moneyline: NYY: (+139) | HOU: (-150)
Run Line: NYY: -1.5 (-170) | HOU: +1.5 (+150)
Total: 7 — Over: (+100) | Under: (-120)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: NYY: (41%) | HOU: (59%)
Yankees vs Astros MLB Betting Trends
- The under has hit in seven of Houston’s last nine games.
- Houston is 5-2 straight up in their last seven games against New York.
- Houston is 8-3 straight up in their last 11 games.
- The under has hit in six of New York’s last eight road games.
- The under has hit in seven of New York’s last eight games.
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Yankees vs Astros Stats
- New York is averaging 4.98 runs per game (RPG) this season (No. 2 in the MLB).
- New York is surrendering 3.50 RPG this season (No. 3 in the MLB).
- Houston is averaging 4.55 RPG this season (No. 8 in the MLB).
- Houston is surrendering 3.20 RPG this season (No. 2 in the MLB).
Yankees vs Astros MLB Weather Report
Wind: 10 MPH (blowing out to right)
Yankees vs Astros Prediction | ALCS MLB Playoffs Game 2
The Yankees vs Astros prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Houston a 51.5% chance to win Game 2 of this ALCS MLB Playoffs matchup.