MLB Odds: New York Yankees Slight Favorites Over Houston Astros

  • The New York Yankees are -125 favorites over the Houston Astros.
  • The Astros come back at +105 odds on the moneyline.

NEW YORK – The New York Yankees (14-14) will host the Houston Astros (15-13) on Tuesday night. The Yankees have won five of their last six games while the Astros enter the game having won five of their last seven.

Online sportsbooks have odds listed for the matchup tonight.

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: NYY -125, HOU +105
  • Spread: NYY -1.5 (+160), HOU +1.5 (-180)
  • Total: O/U 8.5

Projected Pitching Matchup

  • NYY Domingo German (2-2, 4.05 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
  • HOU Zack Greinke (2-1, 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

The Astros seem to have a slight advantage in starting pitching in Greinke over German. However, German has been getting better in each start this season, most recently posting 7.0 scoreless innings in his last outing.

Greinke has been hit or miss this season. He has three outings of 7+ innings and two or less earned runs as well as two outings of less than five innings and 4+ earned runs. MLB betting fans siding with the Astros will be betting on Greinke to be on his A-game.

Batting Stats: Last Two Weeks

  • NYY #17 in BA (.235), #6 in OBP (.335), #10 in SLG (.418)
  • HOU #7 in BA (.252), #13 in OBP (.315), #20 in SLG (.385)

The Yankees’ batting average still leaves a lot to be desired despite the recent success, but the team in making up for things by having the highest walk percentage in the MLB over the last two weeks. Also, both teams have been limiting strikeouts at the plate with both teams ranking in the top four for lowest strikeout rate in the league.

Plate discipline has been an issue for the Yankees in years’ past, but they seem to be turning the corner. This has been a large part of New York’s recent success and likely a big factor in why sports betting sites list the Yanks as a slight favorite.

Bullpen Numbers and Recent Trends

The Yankees bullpen has continued to be one of the top units in the league, posting the lowest ERA, lowest batting average against, third-lowest BB/9 and fifth-highest K/9. The Astros bullpen ranks in the middle of the pack in most statistical categories.

Houston is 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog while New York is 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite. The Under has hit in four of the Yankees last five games against a right-handed starter as well as in 10 of the last 14 games overall. The Under has also cashed in four of the Astros last five games and in five of the last six games against right-handed starters.

Houston has won four of the last five in this matchup but the Yankees have taken nine of the last 13 against the Astros in their home stadium.

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