The Cubs and Nationals are locked in a game 5 battle, but the Wolf is looking to Saturday’s action. The Astros host the Yankees in game 1 of the ALCS and the Wolf gives his tips below.
New York Yankees at Houston Astros (10:00am)
The Astros met the Yankees earlier this season at home and they won that series 2-1. The Yankees won the first game 13-4. Then the Astros countered with 7-6 and 8-1 victories. Overall, the Astros are 6-2 against the Yankees. In this pitching matchup, Dallas Keuchel will take on Masahiro Tanaka. Keuchel has earned a win in 4 of his last 5 starts against the Yankees. This season his only start against them lasted 6 innings as he allowed just 5 hits. The Astros won that game 3-2 and they’re 4-1 when Keuchel takes on the Yankees. He was only required once in the ALDS against the Red Sox and he went 5.2 innings in a 8-2 Astros victory. This season at home, he went 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA. For the Yankees, they’ll be fired up after winning three straight games against the Indians. Tanaka dominated the Indians in his only start of the postseason as well. He allowed just 3 hits in 7 innings as the Yankees won 1-0. But his road form this season has the Wolf worried. He has a 6.48 ERA and a 4-7 record. The Astros lineup has a .322 batting average against him and 7 home runs in just 59 at bats. His only start against the Astros this season was a disaster. He allowed 8 runs and 4 home runs in a 1.2 inning start. Since that game, the Yankees are 4-7 on the road with Tanaka on the mound. So the Wolf can see the Astros winning game 1. In terms of runs, the over total is 5-0 when the Astros face the Yankees. It’s also 8-4 in the Astros last 12 games and 4-1 when the Yankees head to Houston. So the Wolf would take the overs as well. But in the end, the Astros will be fresh from the break and this is a tough roadtrip for the Yankees first up against Keuchel. So the Wolf is taking the Astros -1.5 and the over total as the safe bet.
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