ALCS Game 6: Justin Verlander on Hill in Must Win Against Yankees

Justin Verlander in ALCS

Yankees Look to Advance to World Series Against Justin Verlander

The Houston Astros will turn to Justin Verlander on Friday when they take on the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. The Astros are in a must win situation against the ALCS. Fox Sports 1 will televise the game. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 pm EST.

For the second consecutive round the Yankees can eliminate the favorite on the road. Their pitching has been better, their hitting has been more timely, and the Yankees have the Astros backed into a corner. The momentum is on the Yankees side, and Justin Verlander is trying to stop it.

Oddsmakers opened the Astros as -125-moneyline favorites versus the Yankees, while the game’s total opened at 7.5. The total has held steady, but the moneyline now has Houston as a -145-favorite.

Yankees Turn to Severino to Close out the Astros

Right hander Luis Severino will take the mound for the Yankees to start this game. Severino is 15-6 this season with a 3.12 ERA.

Severino takes the hill with the Yankees one victory away from their first AL pennant since 2009. He lasted four innings and allowed one run opposite of Verlander in Game 2. Severino left early after taking a sharply hit ground ball off his left wrist that same inning.

Severino was upset at Yankees manager Joe Girardi. He didn’t like him taking him out despite being able to continue. He will get a chance tonight to pitch well, and deeper into the game.

New York held off three elimination games against the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS. They won the finale on the road at Progressive Field. Keuchel and Verlander had brilliant starts for the Astros to open the ALCS. The Yankees fought back once the series shifted to the Bronx.

Justin Verlander Needs to Pitch Well Again

Verlander delivered a complete-game gem in Game 2 last Saturday. He allowed one run on five hits. He had one walk with 13 strikeouts in a tense 2-1 victory. Now with its offense struggling to score, Houston needs Verlander to be great once more.

After pacing the majors in runs, with 896, batting average at .282, on-base percentage at .346, and slugging percentage at .478), the offense has taken a hiatus.  They also ranked second to the Yankees in home runs with 238 during the regular season. The Astros have had  just nine runs and one homer this series with a awful slash line of .147/.234/.213.

The bullpen drew fire after blowing a four-run lead with nine outs left in Game 4. The team was on the brink of a 3-1 series lead with Dallas Keuchel up next in the rotation.

Yankees Use Same Lineup, Astros insert Gattis

Houston manager A.J. Hinch decided to return “El Oso Blanco”, Evan Gattis, to the lineup. He replaces Carlos Beltran who is 1 for 12 with four strikeouts in the series.

The New York Yankees are staying with what works.

Here’s the Yankees Starting Lineup Friday:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Aaron Judge
  3. SS Didi Gregorius
  4. C Gary Sanchez
  5. 1B Greg Bird
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. CF Aaron Hicks
  8. 3B Todd Frazier
  9. DH Chase Headley

    RHP Luis Severino

 

Here is the Astros Starting Lineup:

  1. CF George Springer
  2. RF Josh Reddick
  3. 2B Jose Altuve
  4. SS Carlos Correa
  5. 1B Yuli Gurriel
  6. 3B Alex Bregman
  7. LF Marwin Gonzalez
  8. DH Evan Gattis
  9. C Brian McCann

    RHP Justin Verlander

 

 

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Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
NY Yankees 98-75 $455.00 25-24 73-51 76-55 22-19 88-81-4 1.26
Houston 106-65 $1,043.00 23-25 83-40 102-53 4-12 86-76-9 1.11
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
Luis Severino (15-6) ERA: 3.12
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 14, 2017 HOU L 1-2 U 4 -$100.00
Oct 9, 2017 CLE W 7-3 O 7 $66.00
Oct 3, 2017 MIN W 8-4 O 0.1 $41.00

Justin Verlander (18-8) ERA: 3.26

event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 14, 2017 NYY W 2-1 U 9 $82.00
Oct 5, 2017 BOS W 8-2 O 6 $77.00
Sep 27, 2017 TEX W 12-2 O 6 $47.00
Bullpen
NY Yankees’s relievers have pitched 9 innings in the last 3 games.
Houston’s relievers have pitched 9.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
New York Yankees – Luis Severino
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Oct 14, 2017 2-1 HOU 4 2 1 1 2 0 No Decision
Jul 2, 2017 8-1 HOU 5.1 9 6 6 1 7 Loss
May 14, 2017 11-6 NYY 2.1 6 3 3 3 2 No Decision

Houston Astros – Justin Verlander

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Oct 14, 2017 2-1 HOU 9 5 1 1 1 13 Win
Jun 11, 2016 6-1 DET 6.2 5 1 1 1 5 Win
Jun 19, 2015 7-2 NYY 6.2 10 6 6 1 2 Loss
Aug 6, 2014 5-1 NYY 7 5 2 2 1 5 Loss
Aug 11, 2013 5-4 NYY 7 7 4 4 1 9 No Decision
Supergrid
Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 5.25 2 4.32 9
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.91 5 3.92 4
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 5.43 1 3.99 3
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.88 13 4.23 8

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Oct 18, 2017 HOU 0 NYY 5 -110 8 U Dallas Keuchel (L) Masahiro Tanaka (R) 4 10 1 3 9 13
Oct 17, 2017 HOU 4 NYY 6 -115 8.5 O Lance McCullers Jr. (R) Sonny Gray (R) 3 8 3 5 9 3
Oct 16, 2017 HOU 1 NYY 8 -125 8.5 O Charlie Morton (R) CC Sabathia (L) 4 7 8 3 7 6
Oct 14, 2017 NYY 1 HOU 2 -122 7.5 U Luis Severino (R) Justin Verlander (R) 5 5 1 3 13 4
Oct 13, 2017 NYY 1 HOU 2 -157 8 U Masahiro Tanaka (R) Dallas Keuchel (L) 5 6 3 1 14 5
Jul 2, 2017 NYY 1 HOU 8 104 8.5 O Luis Severino (R) Mike Fiers (R) 6 14 5 2 13 8
Jul 1, 2017 NYY 6 HOU 7 -125 9.5 O Jordan Montgomery (L) Francis Martes (R) 10 8 3 4 9 9
Jun 30, 2017 NYY 13 HOU 4 -170 8 O Michael Pineda (R) Lance McCullers Jr. (R) 14 9 7 0 11 4
May 14, 2017 HOU 10 NYY 7 -121 8.5 O Charlie Morton (R) Masahiro Tanaka (R) 10 10 2 6 9 16
May 14, 2017 HOU 6 NYY 11 -142 8.5 O Mike Fiers (R) Luis Severino (R) 9 11 5 3 7 11

ALCS Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

New York Yankees

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 98-75 57-30 41-45 76-48 23-24 87-81-4 25-24 73-51
Last 10 6-4 5-0 1-4 5-0 1-4 4-5-1 1-1 5-3
vs Div 44-32 27-12 17-20 30-20 15-11 41-33-2 13-12 31-20
vs AL 83-70 49-28 34-42 65-46 19-22 77-71-4 21-24 62-46
vs NL 15-5 8-2 7-3 11-2 4-2 10-10 4-0 11-5

Houston Astros

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 106-65 52-33 54-32 102-50 9-13 86-76-9 23-25 83-40
Last 10 6-4 4-0 2-4 6-1 0-3 5-5 2-1 4-3
vs Div 50-26 24-15 26-11 49-23 3-2 34-38-4 11-10 39-16
vs AL 91-60 45-30 46-30 87-47 8-11 74-68-9 19-24 72-36
vs NL 15-5 7-3 8-2 15-3 1-2 12-8 4-1 11-4
Team Last 5 Games

New York Yankees

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 18, 2017 HOU 5-0 W -110 8 Masahiro Tanaka 7 D Keuchel H
Oct 17, 2017 HOU 6-4 W -115 8.5 S Gray 5 L McCullers H
Oct 16, 2017 HOU 8-1 W -125 8.5 C Sabathia 6 C Morton H
Oct 14, 2017 HOU 1-2 L 112 7.5 Luis Severino 4 J Verlander A
Oct 13, 2017 HOU 1-2 L 147 8 Masahiro Tanaka 6 D Keuchel A

Houston Astros

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 18, 2017 NYY 0-5 L 100 8 D Keuchel 4.2 Masahiro Tanaka A
Oct 17, 2017 NYY 4-6 L 105 8.5 L McCullers 6 S Gray A
Oct 16, 2017 NYY 1-8 L 115 8.5 C Morton 3.2 C Sabathia A
Oct 14, 2017 NYY 2-1 W -122 7.5 J Verlander 9 Luis Severino H
Oct 13, 2017 NYY 2-1 W -157 8 D Keuchel 7 Masahiro Tanaka H

Weather in
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Mostly Sunny
Humidity is 76%
Wind is SSE 6 mph
Visibility is 8 miles mi
Pressure is 29.76 inHg

Forecast for Houston

 

Next up:
New York at Houston Saturday, October 21 (if necessary)

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