MLB Picks: Astros' Keuchel to Silence Yankees' Bats

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, June 25, 2015 1:32 PM GMT

Will the Astros Dallas Keuchel be able to cool off the red-hot bats of the Yankees today? Join us and find out what will be our MLB pick for this matchup.

Yankees and Astros in Houston for Four Game Set
The Astros will host the Yankees on Thursday at 8:10 PM ET. This will be the first meeting of the season between these American League clubs. Houston went 4-2 versus the Yankees a season ago, five of the six games went under the total, and that includes all three played at Minute Maid Park.

 

Starting Pitchers
Adam Warren will be on the mound tonight for the Yankees. He’s displayed good form during his previous three starts, posting a 3.26 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Warren hasn’t been as effective on the road in 2015 as he’s been at Yankee Stadium. In seven toad starts Warren has posted a lofty 4.91 ERA.

The Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel will be making his sixteenth start of the season today. He’s gone 10-5 in his team starts with a stellar 2.35 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The Astros southpaw has been especially tough at home, going 6-2 in his team starts, and posting a terrific 1.62 ERA. His one career start versus the Yankees came last season, and he was solid, allowing 3 earned runs, 7 hits, and walking none in 8.0 innings during a 3-0 loss.

 

Sizzling Bats
The Yankees have been knocking the cover off the ball lately. They’ve averaged 8.3 runs per game and have an off the charts .363 team batting average during their last seven outings. Needless to say, all seven of those contests went over the total, and there was a combined average of 14.4 runs per game scored. “The Bronx Bombers” have socked 98 home runs already this season. However, 62 of those long balls have come at Yankee Stadium, and only 36 have occurred in their 37 road games.

 

Dominant at Home of Late
The Astros enter tonight with a very good 23-14 home record this year, and that includes going an outstanding 15-4 in their last 19 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Many would be surprised to know, the Astros have been one of the best power hitting teams in baseball so far this season. They’ve smashed 108 home runs, and that includes an impressive 59 of them in 37 home games.

 

Final Analysis
Granted the Yankees are hitting at a torrid pace in recent games. The problem for them tonight is that they’ll be facing one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and their offensive numbers on the road aren’t nearly as imposing as they are at home. The Astros are on a nice roll at Minute Maid Park, and are looking forward to the challenge of this series to see how far they’ve progressed. I’m siding with the home team tonight for one of my MLB picks. Heritage provides us with the best money line price in that regard.

MLB Pick:  Astros -154 on the money line at Heritage.