ALCS Game 1 Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Picks: New York Yankees vs Houston Astros
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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NY Yankees Look to Continue Magical Playoff run Against Houston

ALCS Game 1 Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Picks: New York Yankees vs Houston Astros

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros

Yankees: 0-0 (0-0 V)
Astros: 0-0 (0-0 H)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, October 13, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: Fox Sports 1

The New York Yankees achieved the improbable by taking three straight against the hottest team in the Majors and will attempt to maintain that winning form as they begin their quest to reach the World Series for the first time since they won it all in 2009. They hope to carry that winning momentum as they get ready to meet the mighty Houston Astros in the first game of a best-of-seven ALCS series set to be broadcasted Friday night on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET and live from Minute Maid Stadium in Houston.

The two clubs only met once in the postseason when Houston eliminated the Yankees 3-0 in New York in the 2015 wild card game in a contest in which Dallas Keuchel bested Masahiro Tanaka. The Astros went to lose to eventual World Series Champions Kansas City in five games in the ALDS. The Astros won both series against the Yankees and have a 5-2 edge over New York this season. The Yankees have fared well in Houston splitting their last ten games at Minute Maid Stadium dating back to 2015.

Both teams enter this ALCS on a high with the Yankees orchestrating a three-game winning streak against an Indians squad that had not lost three straight since July 16. Thanks to a ferocious bullpen, the Yankees will need for the unit to perform at a much higher level as they will face the best offense in the league with the Astros topping the majors with 896 runs scored. The Astros also kept a .333 batting average in the postseason compared to New York’s .213. However, the Yankees do have the edge on the mound as they have limited the opposition to bat .186 in the playoffs while Houston’s pitchers yielded a .285 batting average to the Red Sox in the ALDS.

RH Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA – 1-0, 0.00 ERA) will attempt to maintain his splendid form as he gets the call in the ALCS opener for the Yankees while LH Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA – 1-0, 1.59 ERA) looks to stay perfect in postseason play as he takes his turn for the Astros.

Tanaka was superb in his last outing against Cleveland in Game 3 of the ALDS in which he scattered three hits with no runs allowed with seven strikeouts in seven innings in a 1-0 win last Sunday. The 28-year old is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 2 starts in the playoffs which includes a loss at the hands of the Astros back in 2015 in a game he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in five innings. The Japan native is 0-2 with a lofty 10.38 ERA in 4-career starts against the Astros.

Keuchel has been brilliant in his three postseason starts as the 29-year old is a perfect 3-0 with an astounding 0.98 ERA during that stretch. Keuchel beat the Yankees back in the 2015 wild-card game when he threw six scoreless innings across 3 hits and seven strikeouts in six innings in a 3-0 victory. Keuchel limited the Red Sox to a run on 3 hits in 5 2/3 innings in his last outing last Friday. The Oklahoma native is 4-2 with an impressive 1.41 ERA in 6-career starts against the Yankees.

Mybookie Sportsbook has the Astros favorites at 180-moneyline with the total sitting at 8.

MLB Runline Odds at BetOnline the Astros were favored by -1½ (+115)

Pitching Matchup:
Yankees: RH Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA – 1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Astros: LH Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA – 1-0, 1.59 ERA)

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros ALCS Game 1 Las Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
901 NY Yankees - Tanaka
+166
902 Houston - Keuchel
-185
  Total

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The Yankees enjoyed a 5-2 victory at the expense of the Indians on Wednesday, with C Sabathia throwing 2.2 innings of 0-hit ball at Progressive Field.

Houston rolled to a 5-4 win against Boston on Monday, as C Morton and the Astros' bats led the team to victory at Fenway Park.

New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros ALCS Game 1 Las Vegas Odds & Trends

NY Yankees:
NY Yankees is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
NY Yankees is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games
NY Yankees is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
NY Yankees is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston

Houston:
Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 12 games
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
New York at Houston, Saturday, October 14th

The result:
Keuchel has been a beast in the postseason while Tanaka is prone to an occasional meltdown he so often delivered throughout his season. The odds are stacked against the Yankees in the opener and while the Yankees may need to revert to their fabulous bullpen, the Astros will have scored enough early to put the game away. Astros 7, Yankees 2.

Aengus Moorehead Free MLB Picks: Houston -166 & 8 Over at Bovada

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