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Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo, and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees high-five during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros, and we offer our top Astros vs. Yankees player props and expert picks based on the best MLB odds.
Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo, and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees high-five during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images via AFP.

We're looking at whether Houston can avoid the three-game sweep in New York as we offer our top Astros vs. Yankees player props and expert picks based on the best MLB odds.

We're reaching a point where discussing the 2024 Houston Astros feels like beating a dead horse. Despite slipping to the bottom of the AL West and falling behind the Los Angeles Angels, they somehow maintain contention status according to World Series odds. With a projected win total of around 93, their current 12-24 record in the second week of May paints a grim picture.

On the flip side, the New York Yankees, underwhelming in 2023, seem to have addressed their issues, notably thanks to MLB MVP odds favorite Juan Soto. Their pitching staff has also been stellar, positioning them as formidable contenders for the World Series in the American League as the rest of the lineup finds its rhythm.

With the Yankees as -135 favorites, first pitch is at 5:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. Will the Yankees extend their dominance over the perennially competitive Astros with a three-game sweep at home, or can Houston snatch a victory in the Big Apple before heading to Detroit?

Here are our best Astros vs. Yankees player props and MLB picks (odds via our best MLB betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Astros vs. Yankees player props

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Astros vs. Yankees expert picks

Aaron Judge Under 1.5 total bases ⭐⭐⭐

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is heating up after starting the season extremely slow. He's hitting an absurd .326 with four home runs during the last two weeks, and he's vaulted himself back into the AL MVP conversation after sliding down the oddsboard.

However, Judge's projections on Thursday suggest he's due for a bit of a slow day at the office after annihilating the Astros in Wednesday's 9-4 win.

Based on Judge's projections, we're getting roughly 17% positive expected value through these -125 odds on his Under 1.5 total bases prop, offered at both bet365 and Caesars

Meanwhile, Pinnacle, which features one of the most respected trading teams in the sports betting industry, prices Judge's Under 1.5 total bases prop at -131 after opening at -122. That tells us that sharp money aligns with our trusted projections.

Best odds: -125 via bet365

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Giancarlo Stanton Under 1.5 total bases ⭐⭐⭐

Much like Judge, Giancarlo Stanton has also been crushing the baseball lately. And when I say crushing the baseball, I mean really crushing it:

Stanton's blast served as the hardest hit ball by any player this season, one-upping Shohei Ohtani's 119.2-mph missile. However, also much like Judge, Stanton's projections Thursday suggest he won't repeat that feat.

Based on his projections, we're getting roughly 22.5% +EV on this bet through these +130 odds. Meanwhile, our other best sports betting sites have this Under priced around +125, and Pinnacle is at +126 after opening at +134.

Best odds: +130 via bet365

Jose Altuve to hit a home run ⭐⭐

I don't love offering home run props, but when the value is this good, who am I to say no?

A Jose Altuve long ball is trading at around +600 at all of our other best sports betting apps, while FanDuel is hanging a rogue price of +830. For its part, Pinnacle is at +628.

Based on Altuve's home run projection on Thursday, we're getting an absurd 65% +EV on this bet. Now, I think you should still limit yourself to a half- or quarter-unit on bets such as these, especially when you consider a $5 wager would return $41.50 in profit if Altuve leaves the yard.

That's why I've made this a two-star pick, despite the fact that it's actually a very strong +EV play on a rogue line.

Best odds: +830 via FanDuel

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Astros vs. Yankees game info & odds

  • When: Thursday, May 9
  • First pitch: 5:05 p.m. ET
  • Where: Yankee Stadium, New York
  • How to watch: Space City Home Network, YES Network
  • Favorite: Yankees (-135 via Betway)

Astros vs. Yankees player props made Thursday at 8 a.m. ET.

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