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2021 MLB Handicapping
(44-42) New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros (54-34)
Date: Friday, July 9th, 2021
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Nestor Cortes (NYY) vs. Jake Odorizzi (HOU)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Yankees +120 | Astros -130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 (-110)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 9.5
The New York Yankees travel to take on the Houston Astros on Friday night from Minute Maid Park in Texas. It’s the opening game of their weekend three game series between the American League foes.
The Yankees enter the series sitting in 4th place in the AL East, while the Astros enter as one of the hottest teams in baseball, sitting in 1st place in the AL West.
New York Yankees
The Yankees entered the season as a World Series favorite but have played far below the level of those expectations. The Yankees are now 9 games back of the Red Sox for the AL East lead and 4.5 games behind the Athletics for the final Wild Card race.
The Yankees rank 7th in baseball in home runs per game and home runs per at-bat, but besides those stats, they sit outside the top 10 in nearly every other key statistic.
New York is banged up heading into the All-Star break as Clint Frazier is out, while Miguel Andujar is questionable. To go along with them are 2 relievers and 4 starters who are out as well for the weekend.
Aaron Judge has been a leader this season but is in desperate need of consistent help in the lineup. He leads the team with a .284 batting average, 20 home runs, 46 RBI’s, and a .377 OBP.
The season started slow for Houston but they’ve more than made up for it in recent weeks, taking control of the AL West behind one of baseball’s best and brightest offenses.
Houston ranks 1st in baseball in runs per game, run differential per game, batting average, and hits per game. The Astros’ great first half stems from the depth of their offense, shown by 5 different players leading the 5 major offensive categories.
Michael Brantley leads the way with a .332 batting average, Jose Altuve leads with 19 home runs, Yordan Alvarez leads with 56 RBI, Carlos Correa leads with a .385 OBP, and Yuri Gurriel leads with 94 hits.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Yankees are 44-42 overall
- Yankees are 21-20 on the road
- Yankees are 32-52 ATS
- Astros are 54-34 overall
- Astros are 28-17 at home
- Astros are 46-40 ATS
New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
Friday’s opener is a game of two teams going in two different directions and feeling very different about their situation heading into the break.
The Yankees continue to fade away out of the playoff picture, while the Astros enter as one of the best teams and offenses in baseball.
I’m taking the better team in Houston to win on Friday.
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