The New York Yankees will look to bounce back from falling in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros and will do what they can to come back from Texas with a split.
New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros (-155, 7)
Getting the start for New York will be Luis Severino, who has come off the injured list and has been solid overall with four walks and six earned runs allowed across 23 2/3 innings in four starts. It should be noted that three of those runs came in his last start against the Cleveland Guardians.
The Astros give the ball to Framber Valdez, who has had struggles in Houston with an ERA of 3.52 between the regular and postseason while registering a 2.27 ERA on the road.
Valdez had a stretch of 25 straight starts in which he pitched at least six innings with three earned runs or fewer allowed, which spanned from the end of April all the way into September, but since the streak ended he has allowed 15 total runs across his last four starts and has failed to go at least six innings in any of those starts.
Thursday’s affair will involve a strength-on-strength battle with the Yankees leading the league in home runs and Valdez allowing just three home runs across 92 innings at home this season.
The Astros and Yankees combined to pound five home runs in Game 1 but the total stayed under with all five being solo home runs, Thursday’s pitchers will not be so fortunate at stranding men in scoring position.
The Play: Yankees vs. Astros Over 7