Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees Series Preview

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Jun 24, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Houston Astros third baseman

Luis Valbuena

(18) and Los Angeles Angels first baseman

Albert Pujols

(5) talk during a break in the fourth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a series where the Houston Astros lost two of three games to the Los Angeles Angels, the Astros matchup another playoff contender for four games. The New York Yankees are playing well this season with the return of Alex Rodriguez and players staying healthy. The Yankees have a better overall offense with a higher batting average and closing in on the Astros MLB home run lead. The AL West is starting to get a heartbeat again, and this is a time the Astros need to bear down a start winning again.

Angels Series Recaps

Before we look ahead to the Yankees series, let’s look at the Angels series through the nightly recaps found below.

Houston Astros rally in the eighth, Angels fight back to win

Carlos Correa nearly hits for cycle in 13-3 win over the Angels

Astros lose series finale on walk-off hit in L.A.

The Teams

Home Team: Houston Astros (42-32 Record, 1st in AL West)

Home Record: 23-14 scored 153 runs and allowed 135 runs at home.

Last ten games: 6-4

Road Team: New York Yankees (42-32 Record, 1st in AL West)

Road Record: 19-19 scored 158 runs and allowed 162 runs at home.

Last ten games: 5-5

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The Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Adam Warren (5-4, 3.62 ERA) versus Dallas Keuchel (8-3, 2.35 ERA)

  • On the Road, Bettis is 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA while striking out 27 hitters in 40.1 innings.
  • At Home, Keuchel is 6-0 with a 1.62 ERA while striking out 33 hitters in 51.2 innings.
  • My Prediction: Astros win 5-2

Game 2: Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.95 ERA) versus Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 4.15 ERA)

  • On the Road, Rusin is 2-2 with a 6.31 ERA while striking out 28 hitters in 35.2 innings.
  • At Home, Velasquez is 0-0 with a 9.64 ERA while striking out ten hitters in 8.1 innings.
  • My Prediction: Astros win 5-1

Game 3: Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.17 ERA) versus Brett Oberholtzer (2-1, 2.81 ERA)

  • At Home, Oberholtzer is 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA while striking out 12 hitters in 15.2 innings.
  • On the Road, Tanaka is 2-1 with 1.32 ERA while striking out 29 hitters in 27.1 innings.
  • My Prediction: Yankees win 2-1

Game 4: Michael Pineda (8-4, 4.25 ERA) versus  Collin McHugh (8-3, 4.80 ERA)

  • At Home, McHugh is 4-2 with a 6.82 ERA while striking out 33 hitters in 34.1 innings.
  • On the Road, Pineda is 4-2 with 5.05 ERA while striking out 32 hitters in 35.2 innings.
  • My prediction: Astros win 10-4

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Houston Astros Player News

  • Luis Valbuena is hitting .235/ 9 hr/ 17 RBI in June, and 13 of his 19 homers have been hit at home.
  • After a hot April hitting .367/ 2 hr/ 16 RBI/ 9 sb, Jose Altuve has dropped down to hitting .231 in May and .246 in June.
  • George Springer is hitting .363/ 5 hr/ 9 RBI in June.
  • Chad Qualls is 0-2/ 8.44 ERA/ two strikeouts in 5.2 innings in June, which has made him the Astros goat right now.

Let’s get some inside knowledge on the New York Yankees from @YanksGoYardFS writer Ricky Keeler. I joined his podcast last night, which can be found here Yankees-Astros Preview Podcast featuring Eric Huysman. I asked him some questions about the Yankees, let’s see what he had to say.

Next: The Rickinator on the Yankees