The Houston Astros host the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 2019 American League Championship Series on Saturday, and first pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. The game airs on FOX, and brings us two of the top three pre-playoff World Series favorites. The Astros won 107 games this season and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the ALDS, while the Yankees won 103 games and swept the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS.
The Astros will start Zack Greinke. He finished the regular season 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He started 33 games this season and struck out 187 batters over 208 2⁄3 innings pitched. He made two starts against the Yankees this season. He pitched 12 2⁄3 innings and was 1-0 with 14 strikeouts and a 2.13 ERA. He has one playoff start this year, losing to the Rays in the ALDS while throwing 3 2⁄3 innings, striking out five, and giving up six runs on five hits and a walk.
The Yankees will start Masahiro Tanaka. He finished the regular season 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He started 31 games this season and struck out 149 batters over 182 innings pitched. He made two starts against the Astros this season. He pitched 12 innings and was winless with four strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA. He has one playoff start this year, getting a win over the Twins in the ALDS while throwing five innings, striking out seven, and giving up one run on three hits and a walk.
The lineups will be announced later this afternoon.
The Astros are favored over the Yankees at DraftKings Sportsbook with a money line of -159 to the Yankees +140. The run line (1.5) has the Astros -1.5 at +125, while the Yankees +1.5 is at -143. The run total is nine, with the under favored at -117 to the over at -105. You can also bet on a host of player props and game props.
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