Astros at Yankees 10/18/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/18/2019 at 1:44 PM ET

Astros at Yankees 10/18/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions

In Friday night MLB playoff action, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees will play Game Five of the ALCS from the Bronx. Last night, SS Carlos Correa crushed a three-run blast in the sixth inning to power Houston an 8-3 road victory. George Springer connected on a three-run shot in the third inning to get the Astros started.

2011 Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander (21-6 2.58 ERA) will get the nod for the Astros in this matchup. Through 17 plus innings this postseason, Verlander has struck out 20 batters and owns a 1.21 WHIP.

The New York Yankees won 57 of their 81 home games during the regular season and now need to win at home to keep their season alive. In Game Four, SP Masahiro Tanaka gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings and took the loss. Gary Sanchez crushed a two-run home run in a losing effort for the Yankees.

The Yankees will counter with thirty year old left-hander James Paxton (15-6 3.82 ERA) in Game Five. Through 150 plus innings during the regular season, Paxton fanned 186 batters and posted a 1.28 WHIP.

New York OF Giancarlo Stanton is dealing with a right quadriceps strain and has snot played since the series opener. Through 162 regular season games, Houston ranked 1st in OPS and 3rd in runs scored. For the regular season, New York ranked 3rd in OPS and 1st in runs scored. Take the Yankees to send this best-of-seven series back to Houston on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, New York Yankees win 4-3.

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