According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Astros are a -175 favorite to win the series.
The Yankees rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Indians in the best-of-five series with a 5-2 win Wednesday night. Houston is a -180 favorite to win Game 1 and NY is a +155 underdog. Judge and Altuve are two of the best offensive talents in the game of baseball, but the way they go about their craft is so different, and both players are a lesson in why it's impossible to evaluate in absolutely set ways.
Even with the win, it's impossible to ignore just how bad Judge was in that series. "Going all the way, Houston will not have liftoff". Gray carried a 1.21 WHIP with 153 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings during the regular season.
"It was a remarkable game, Didi with those two home runs", one fan said. Aaron Judge set a rookie record for home runs, and Gary Sanchez has become the MLB's best hitting catcher. Keuchel had a 1.12 WHIP with 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings in the regular season. When starting, Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander have been more than adequate at suppressing big innings, and while throwing Brad Peacock third and Charlie Morton fourth, as they did against Boston, is a concern, there's the possibility that they could pull one of their younger pitchers out of the bullpen - or, to use an inaccurate term that's nevertheless gained steam this postseason - they could "bullpen" it.
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So it's possible the Yankees could go with Tanaka in Game 3, with Luis Severino, fresh off his fantastic Game 4, starting Game 2. He finished the series 8-for-15 with four walks. NY finished second behind Houston in runs, total bases and on-base percentage. After being shut out in the first game in a 4-0 loss, the Yankees went into game two with an 8-3 lead after six innings. They have the American League MVP in second baseman Jose Altuve and get to play the first two games, and if there is a seventh game, in Houston.
As good as the Astros were this year, cementing themselves as a playoff team maybe as early as July, the Cleveland Indians were the best team in the American League.
But there is something about the Yankees, a wild-card team that has shown tremendous resilience. While the Astros do have some decent arms, they haven't had almost the reliability of the Yankees' pen.
He has not faced the Yankees this year with either the Tigers or Astros. Meanwhile, the Astros had to work through their city literally being rebuilt in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, carrying the weight of expectations for a 101-win team out to provide hope.