Astros vs Yankees: MLB Betting Odds & Free Pick, May 12th

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Friday, May 12, 2017 3:13 PM GMT

Today the best matchup in major league baseball takes place when the Houston Astros visit the New York Yankees. Oddsmakers have come out with a pretty low total with two young pitchers on the mound so is there value on backing under or the over?

Houston Astros

Lance McCullers gets the start for Houston and comes in with a solid 3.40 ERA and 1.18 whip, and is coming off a solid two hit seven inning performance against the Los Angeles Angels. He is starting to live up to what Houston hoped he would become and within the next few years should be one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball. However, because of his youth there have been a couple occasions this season where he has gotten knocked around just a little bit and both of them have been on the road at Cleveland and at Oakland where he allowed a combined 10 earned runs over just nine innings. At the plate, Houston has been one of the best hitting teams in baseball batting .274 as a team and averaging 9.29 hits per game ranking them third and fourth in the major leagues respectively. After swinging the bats decently well yesterday there is no reason for me to think they can’t come in and have a good amount of quality at-bats.

 

New York Yankees

Jordan Montgomery takes the hill for New York and comes in with a 3.81 ERA and 1.38 whip in five appearances this rookie season. He has been a nice surprise for New York and is actually coming off two games in which he limited the hit totals to just six combined versus Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs respectively over 11 innings of work. However, I think he will struggle a little bit today against a very good Houston team that is swinging the bats well. At the plate themselves the Yankees are one of the more formidable teams in all of baseball and rank first in both walks per game and home runs, and second in runs per game, hits per game, and OPS. With two young pitchers taken the mound against these two solid hitting lineups I just don’t see this total stay below what odds makers have set.

 

MLB Odds

Oddsmakers have come out setting a total of eight for this matchup and for my MLB pick, I’m going to back over the total. Although both of these young pitchers come in with some decent statistics these are two very good hitting teams and I like for them to have a lot of solid at-bats.

 Free MLB Pick: Over 8Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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