Yankees vs Astros 2019 ALCS Game 1 Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 11, 2019 in

The two best teams in the American League will meet on Saturday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. After the Houston Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night, it sets up the meeting on Saturday between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

The New York Yankees advanced via a three game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. It took Houston all five games, but they defeated Tampa Bay to move on. These two teams last met in the playoffs in 2017 when the Astros defeated the Yankees in 7 games. When these two teams met in the regular season, the Astros won four of seven. Houston swept New York in April at Minute Maid, while the Yankees took three of four in New York in June.

Let’s take a look at the latest MLB Odds for the ALCS.

Yankees vs Astros 2019 ALCS Game 1 Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Offense Galore in Yankees vs Astros

Offensively, both teams have loaded lineups. Now that the Yankees are fairly healthy, they’ll have a lineup with Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Edwin Encarnacion. Houston will counter with George Springer, Michael Brantley, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yordan Alvarez, and AL MVP Candidate Alex Bregman.

Both of these lineups are capable of putting up huge offensive numbers.

Pitching Should be Interesting

As for starting rotations, Houston has the best rotation in baseball. They will more than likely start Zack Greinke in Game 1, and will follow him with Justin Verlander and Gerritt Cole. Houston’s pitching staff dominated the pitching categories in the AL. They were second in ERA, 1st in batting average against, 1st in strikeouts, and first in WHIP.

The Yankees will counter with Luis Severino, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka. These starters are formidable, but they aren’t the caliber of what Houston will be able to run to the mound. The Yankees have MLB’s strongest relief pitching. Led by closer Aroldis Chapman, this group can eat innings at the back end of a game.

With the high-octane throwing group of Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, Zack Britton, Tommy Kahnle, and others, this group can bridge the gap between the mid-innings and the ninth, when Chapman takes over. This group has helped the Yankees win many games this season.  The Houston Astros bullpen has been Houston’s biggest weakness this season.

This group has been adequate. Ryan Pressly, Josh James, Willie Harris, Joe Smith and others have manned the middle innings, while Roberto Osuna has been a very good closer for the Astros this season.

What a Wild ALCS between Yankees vs Astros

This should be a very competitive series. The team that hit 306 home runs this season will face off against the best starting rotation in baseball. The best bullpen in baseball will take on one of the most clutch hitting groups in baseball.

The Yankees and the Astros combined for 210 victories in the postseason. This is the matchup that baseball fans wanted and expected to see. The Astros are looking to become one of the greatest teams of all time, as they have three consecutive 100 win seasons, and are trying to win their second World Series title in the last three years.

The New York Yankees would love nothing more than to spoil all of Houston’s hopes and dreams and go on to a familiar place for the Yankees, the World Series. Get ready for some exciting fall baseball!