New York Yankees at Houston Astros - 10/20/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros (109-56) vs New York Yankees (102-65)

Game Info: Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:37 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (17-6) (2.78) vs Luis Severino (7-3) (3.26)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -200 / New York Yankees +160 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Yankees and Houston Astros face off on Thursday night in Game 2 of the ALCS at MinuteMaid Park. 

In Game 1 it was the Astros that were able to secure the 4-2 victory. The Yankees scored the first run in the second inning, but the Astros quickly tied it up with a run in the bottom of the second. The Astros added two runs in the sixth inning and another run in the 7th inning on the way to the victory. Chase McCormick had a big game for the Astros finishing with two hits, two runs, and one RBI. Anthony Rizzo and Harrison Bader both hit a home run for the Yankees. 

One big question to watch for the Astros is whether will they continue to run out Jose Altuve out as a starter. He again couldn’t find a hit on Wednesday, and if he does play, they are going to need more production from him.

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For the Yankees, they need to do a better job of manufacturing runs. They can’t keep leaning on the home runs and hope that they will bail them out to get runs. The Yankees had five hits in Game 1 of this series. 

On the mound for the Yankees will be Luis Severino who has a 0-0 record and an ERA of 4.76. In his last start against the Cleveland Guardians, he went 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs. 

On the mound for the Astros will be Framber Valdez, who sits with a 0-0 record and an ERA of 3.18. In his last start against the Seattle Mariners, he went 5.2 innings, giving up four hits and two runs. 

The Yankees are 15-7 in their last 22 games overall. The Astros are 5-1 in their last six playoff games. The Yankees are 0-5 in their last five meetings in Houston. The under is 4-1-1 in the last five meetings. 

The Yankees struggled to score outside of the home runs on Wednesday, and it’s going to be any easier against Framber Valdez, who was strong all season. Severino gave up eight hits in his last start, and he’s going to struggle again in this game. This will be another easy win for the Astros. Back the Astros -1.5 to cash.

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Shane’s Pick Astros -1.5

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