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Yankees vs Astros Prediction, Odds, Betting Trends & Probable Pitchers for ALCS Game 1 MLB Playoffs

Larry Rupp
New York Yankees vs Houston Astros prediction, odds, betting trends and probable pitchers for ALCS Game 1 in MLB Playoffs.
New York Yankees vs Houston Astros prediction, odds, betting trends and probable pitchers for ALCS Game 1 in MLB Playoffs. / AP Photos/Kevin M. Cox
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Yankees vs Astros Game 1 Info

2022 MLB Playoffs — ALCS Game 1
No. 2 New York Yankees (99-63, 42-39 Away) vs. No. 1 Houston Astros (106-56, 55-26 Home)
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Time: 7:37 p.m. ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park — Houston, TX
Coverage: TBS

The ALCS gets started with Game 1 on Wednesday night as the New York Yankees face the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Yankees advanced after taking down the Cleveland Guardians in a hard-fought five-game series. Both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge homered in a pivotal Game 5.

Meanwhile, the Astros swept the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS behind some masterful pitching performances and timely hitting. All-Star Yordan Alvarez's amazing walk-off home run in Game 1 started the series right and 18 shutout innings from Houston's pitching staff in Game 3 ended it right.

Yankees vs Astros Odds & Spread

All MLB Postseason betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: NYY: (+154) | HOU: (-184)
Spread: NYY: +1.5 (-137) | HOU: -1.5 (+114)
Total: 7 — Over: (+102) | Under: (-124)

The Astros enter this contest as a clear home favorite on the moneyline and spread. They are -184 on the moneyline and own +114 odds to cover the 1.5-run spread. The over/under on this matchup features 7 runs, with +102 on the over and -124 on the under.

Yankees vs Astros Prediction & Pick

These two teams are no stranger to one another. They met seven times during the regular season, with the Astros finishing with a 5-2 record against the Yankees. More importantly, Houston defeated New York in every game played at Minute Maid Park. Home-field advantage is a key factor here.

Justin Verlander struggled in his lone start this postseason, giving up 6 earned runs across 4.0 innings of work. He has a perfect chance to bounce back, though. Verlander owns a 3.44 ERA across 16 career starts against the Yankees and pitched 7.0 innings on one-run ball against them in June.

On the other side, Jameson Taillon is being called upon to start with the top of New York's pitching staff in need of a few days rest. Taillon gave up 2 earned runs and failed to record an out in his only appearance on the playoffs so far. Seeing him go more than 4 or 5 innings would be surprising here.

The Yankees didn't have a single off day between series, while the Astros have been waiting since Saturday to get the action going. A more prepared pitching staff with give the Astros a leg up tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Yankees: 2 | Astros: 5

Yankees vs Astros Probable Starting Pitchers

The New York Yankees will look to Jameson Taillon (14-5, 3.91 ERA) in Game 1 and the Houston Astros hand the ball to Justin Verlander (18-4, 1.75 ERA).

Yankees vs Astros Betting Trends

- The Yankees are 1-5 straight up in its last six games against Houston.
- The total has hit the under in six of the Yankees' last nine away games.
- Houston is 6-1 straight up in its last seven home games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Houston's last six games against the Yankees.

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