New York Yankees at Houston Astros - 10/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees at Houston Astros - 10/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees (106-59) at Houston Astros (110-57)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 8:08 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Masahiro Tanaka (11-9) (4.45) vs. Zack Greinke (18-6) (3.26)

The Line: Houston Astros -157 / New York Yankees +147 --- Over/Under: 8.5

TV: FOX

The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros will meet up in Game 1 of their ALCS in MLB activity Saturday. 

The Yankees made quick work of the Twins in their Divisional Series, taking wins at home 10-4 and 8-2 last weekend and a 5-1 victory at Target Field on Monday for a sweep of the set. 

For Saturday’s Game 1, the Yankees will send out Masahiro Tanaka in the start. Tanaka went 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. 

Over on the Astros’ side, they had a bit of trouble with a tough Rays team in their Divisional Series, winning the first two games at home 6-2 and 3-1 but then falling in Games 3 and 4 at Tropicana 10-3 and 4-1. Houston was able to fend off Tampa in a decisive Game 5 however, taking it 6-1 on Thursday. 

In the Game 1 on Saturday, the Astros will send out Zack Greinke in the start. In the regular season, Greinke had a great campaign on an 18-5 record, a 2.93 ERA and 187 strikeouts. 

The Yankees are 5-1 in their last six games after an off day and 41-17 in their last 58 Saturday games. New York is 65-32 in their last 97 overall and 2-5 in their last seven road games. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 40-12 in their last 52 home games and 38-14 in their last 52 after an off day. Houston is 51-20 in their last 71 overall and 9-4 in their last 13 ALCS home games. 

We’re in for another epic series here, as the consensus best two teams in the MLB face off in a great-looking ALCS. Matchups between Houston and New York are must-see television these days, and it would surprise exactly no one to see this series go the full seven games. 

Considering everything, Tanaka/Greinke matchup included I’m probably staying away from this series in the opener at least. Neither team has many weaknesses, but playing at Minute Maid I have to stick with the Astros in Game 1. It’s pretty sketchy either way right now though. 

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