Yankees vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 9/2/23

Houston Astros (77-59) vs New York Yankees (66-69)

Game Info: Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Hunter Brown (10-9) (4.47) vs Luis Severino (4-8) (6.64)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -172 / New York Yankees +157 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Astros will host the New York Yankees for game two of their three-game set this Saturday from Minute Maid Park. New York took game one after getting off to a fast start, 6-2.

Yankees Preview & Projected Starter

New York moved to 65-69 after taking game one. The Yankees played up to their name last night, and they’ll look to take control of the series Saturday.  The New York offense is scoring 3.87 runs per game, while batting .230, with a .300 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.87 ERA, with a 1.25 WHIP. 

Lou Severino (4-8, 6.64 ERA, 72 Ks) will get the ball for New York. The eighth-year pitcher came through with his best outing of the season in Detroit, striking out eight thru seven innings of shutout ball to earn his fourth win. Severino has turned back the clock with his last two starts, tossing nearly fourteen straight scoreless innings versus the Tigers and Nats, but he’ll face a big uptick in competition facing an Astros team on the heels of a game one loss here. 

Yankees Player Trends & Props

Gleyber Torres homered in all three wins over Detroit, and he’s leading NYY in hits (136), while posting splits of .270/23/57. 

Aaron Judge homered in the game one victory, and he’s leading the Yanks in homers (30), with 57 RBI.

Giancarlo Stanton added a two-run shot in Friday’s win, and he’s posting a line of .205/20/51.

Anthony Volpe has totaled multiple bases in five of the last seven games, and he’s up to 20 home runs and 57 runs batted in.


Astros Preview & Projected Starter

Houston enters at 73-59 after losing to New York. The Astros were blitzed early and never recovered, so they’ll look to respond Saturday. The Houston offense is scoring 4.76 runs per game, while batting .248, with a .317 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.81 ERA, with a 1.27 WHIP. 

Hunter Brown (10-9, 4.46 ERA, 152 Ks) will get the call for Houston. The second-year pitcher rebounded with a solid start in the Motor City last time out, striking out nine, while holding the Tigers to two runs thru five innings to earn his tenth victory. Brown bounced back after being roughed up by Seattle, and he’ll look to replicate last month’s outing in the Bronx (6 IP, 2 ER, W) here at home against the Yanks.  

Astros Player Trends & Props

Kyle Tucker doubled in the game one loss, and he leads the Astros in hits (141), with strong splits of .291/26/97. 

Alex Bregman has totaled multiple bases in five of the last seven games, and he’s posting a line of .264/22/90. 

Yordan Alvarez has produced a run in four of the previous six games, and he’s totaled 23 home runs and 77 RBI for the season.

Jose Altuve has recorded a hit in five of the last seven games, and he’s batting .312 thru 64 games.

Corey’s Free Pick

New York came out and jumped on Justin Verlander last night, and boy, does Houston find themselves in position to return the favor, as they’ll get another crack at Lou Severino here. The former All-Star's recent form is nice to see, but I don’t believe it lasts here at Minute Maid Park with the ‘Stros on the heels of a game one loss. Lou Sev may put up more of a fight then expected, but Houston should be able to handle business here in game two.

Corey’s Pick Astros -1.5

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