- The Yankees are -162 favorites over the Astros on Saturday
- Cristian Javier (4-3, 3.07) will start for Houston against Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.14)
- A look at the matchup and odds can be found below with a pick
Two division leaders meet again when the Houston Astros visit the New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday at Yankee Stadium in the third game of a four-game series.
The teams have split the first two games and the American League West-leading Astros (44-26/24-15 road) won 3-1 on Friday night for their fourth victory in the last five games and seventh in their last nine. The Yankees (52-19/30-8 home), who are in first place in the AL East, lost for just the fourth time in their last 23 games.
Astros vs Yankees Odds
|Houston Astros||+140||+1.5 (-159)||Over 8.5 (-104)|
|New York Yankees||-162||-1.5 (+128)||Under 8.5 (-115)|
Odds as of June 24th at Barstool Sportsbook.
The Yankees are -162 favorites, giving them a 61.83% expected win probability. The Yankees have +450 World Series odds and the Astros have odds of +600.
The weather forecast calls for sunny and a high temperature of 88 degrees in the Bronx with wind from the south at 5-7 mph.
Astros vs Yankees Probable Pitchers
Cristian Javier (4-3, 3.07) is scheduled to pitch for the Astros against Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.14). Javier will be going on five days rest and Cole, who has +750 AL Cy Young odds, on four.
Javier vs Cole
Javier is coming off a win last Sunday against the Chicago White Sox in Houston. He allowed one run and two hits in five innings while striking out five and walking four.
This will be Javier’s second career appearance and first start against the Yankees. He pitched three scoreless innings of relief last season in Houston.
— Adrian_the_kid (@Adrianthekid22) June 25, 2022
Javier is 1-1 this season with a 4.63 ERA in six road games (four starts). He has pitched twice in the daytime, both relief outings, and worked a total of six shutout innings.
Cole is 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his last five starts and flirted with a no-hitter in his most recent outing.
Cole held the Rays hitless into the eighth inning Monday at Tampa Bay. He wound up with a no-decision despite giving up only one run and one hit in 7.1 innings with 12 walks and three strikeouts.
In three career starts against the Astros, one of Cole’s former teams, he is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA.
7 IP and no hits for Gerrit Cole. 👀 pic.twitter.com/s2cZIyWFNB
— MLB (@MLB) June 21, 2022
Cole has a 3-1 record at home this season in seven starts and a 2.47 ERA. He is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in four starts in day games.
Batting Average vs Starting Pitchers
|Astros Batters||Batting Average vs Gerrit Cole|
|Yankees Batters||Batting Average vs Cristian Javier|
The Astros’ Yordan Alverez is 2 for 7 off Cole and both hits have been home runs. However, Cole has been a tough matchup for Michael “Dr. Smooth” Brantley, who is 2 for 15 off the big right-hander.
Joey Gallo has only one hit in 12 at-bats against Javier for a .083 batting average.
Astros vs Yankees Betting Outlook
Kyle Tucker hit a three-run home run Friday night to lead the Astros to victory and snap the Yankees’ 15-game home winning streak.
— Houston Astros (@astros) June 25, 2022
Center fielder Jake Meyers made his season debut for the Astros and went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. He injured his left shoulder last October in the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox and needed surgery.
Rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena could return to the Astros’ active roster Saturday. He has been out since June 13 with a left thumb injury.
Aledmys Diaz, who had been filling in for Pena, returned to action after missing four games with left shoulder soreness.
The Yankees got their run on a home run by Giancarlo Stanton. DJ LeMahieu had two hits for New York.
Stanton Smash 💪 pic.twitter.com/KIkpDtYp3b
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 25, 2022
The series has been contested on close terms in recent years with the Yankees holding a slight 15-13 edge since the start of the 2018 season.
Astros vs Yankees Last 10 Games
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Astros vs Yankees Prediction
The Astros lineup is a difficult matchup for any pitcher. However, Cole is tough to beat, especially at home in a day game, so the Yankees are the play in this one.
Pick: Yankees -162 ML