New York Yankees vs Houston Astros - FanDuel Sportsbook Promo and Prediction
July 21, 2022
A battle between the two best teams in the American League kicks off the second half of the MLB season. As the season enters its final stretch, the New York Yankees are facing the Houston Astros in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon. As of June 30, the Astros lead the season series 3-2, including a 2-1 victory at home in their last one-off meeting.
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Why bet on the Astros?
✅ Houston have a record of 59-32 and went 7-3 in the last ten games.
✅ Christian Javier, with an ERA of 3.22, is a better pitcher than Yankees' Montgomery.
✅ Moneyline betting records for the Astros are 59 - 32.
|Teams:||New York Yankees vs Houston Astros|
|When:||Thursday, Jul 21, 2022, at 1:10 PM ET|
|Venue:||Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas|
|Betting Pick:||The Astros to win moneyline @ -126|
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New York Yankees vs Houston Astros
With a 3.22 ERA, pitcher Cristian Javier has been one of the Astros' overlooked heroes this season. On Thursday afternoon, he and the Astros will play against Jordan Montgomery and the Yankees.
Yordan Álvarez and Michael Brantley won't be with the Astros, but José Altuve and Chas McCormick have both hit well against lefties this month with a .400+ xwOBA. Yuli Gurriel, Martín Maldonado, and Alex Bregman also have batting averages above .330.
Brantley and Álvarez usually round out the top of the order. However, Kyle Tucker, Jeremy Peña, and others are expected to take up the slack.
New York Yankees
New York has had a 3.32 xFIP for the last month. This is the sixth highest in MLB as Aroldis Chapman and Ryan Weber had a 4.00+ xFIP in that span. The Astros will have to score with Montgomery in the game because the rest of the bullpen is solid.
Yankees pitcher Montgomery has a 3.27 ERA and a 4.19 xERA. Among the Yankees' rotation, Montgomery is a key player. With a hard-hit rate in the 75th percentile, he walks batters only 4.6 percent of the time.
While Montgomery is generally a reliable starter for New York, he struggled in consecutive games after the end of June, allowing four and five earned runs each time.