It was a pitchers duel Monday in New York, & another strong mound clash awaits MLB bettors Tuesday when the Yankees and Astros continue their series.
A gift from the Houston Astros bullpen helped the New York Yankees to the win in Monday's series opener. A scoreless battle started by Scott Feldman and Nathan Eovaldi gave way to the wildness of Houston reliever Oliver Perez who walked three straight New York batters to begin the bottom of the ninth, and former Astro Carlos Beltran poked a sac fly to score the game's only run in a 1-0 Yankees win.
Houston now turns to ace Dallas Keuchel to even the set in Tuesday's contest, a 7:05 PM (ET) start that can be seen on the MLB Network. The Astros are holding fairly steady as light chalk, the nickel morning line at 5Dimes listing them at -125. Ivan Nova is up for the Yankees and the 7½ run total leans slightly 'over' the mark.
Nova Facing Astros For Just 2nd Time In Career
Keuchel was in a lose one, win one rut before taking a no-decision in last Wednesday's third game in the long set series with Tampa Bay. The southpaw left trailing 2-1 before Houston tied it in the ninth and won it in the 13th. That victory left the Astros 17-8 when their ace is on the mound, baseball bettors up a tidy 6.7 units on the season.
One of Keuchel's two complete game shutouts for the year came against the Yankees June 25. The former Arkansas star scattered six hits and a walk while whiffing a dozen would-be New York batters, and marked his second complete game in as many career starts against the Bronx Bombers, the other ending in a 3-0 defeat at Yankee Stadium close to a year ago.
Nova, who has decisioned in 17 consecutive starts, has dropped two of his last three assignments, allowing 10 earned runs in 17.1 combined innings. Two of those contests came against the tough Toronto lineup, Nova having enough going for him to beat the Blue Jays on their home field about 11 days ago. Tuesday will be just his second career outing against the Astros, the other on this mound in his 2014 season debut when Nova worked around five walks and six hits to pick up the dubya.
Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
Eric Cooper should call balls and strikes tonight, and while his plate assignments have been streaky, there isn't a single trend for baseball bettors to really latch onto. Home teams are 11-10 (3-2 when the underdog) and totals have run 11-10 O/U in his 21 games behind the dish this year. Even his two games at Yankee stadium have split, 1-1 O/U.
There could be a stray afternoon shower or two in New York City, but the rainy forecast we were seeing on Monday has been tapered back. Let's get behind these pitchers and slumping offenses with a free MLB pick on the 'under' tonight in the Bronx.