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The New York Yankees welcome the Houston Astros to Yankees Stadium tonight for the first of a four-game weekend series. The Yankees are the majors best team, record-wise, despite coming off a rare occurrence: a series loss. New York dropped two of three to Tampa Bay, their first series loss in a month (dropped two of three against the White Sox from May 21-22).
Despite losing three of their last four games overall, the Yankees record in June is still a sparkling 16-4. Houston comes into this set having won three in a row and six of their last seven. The Astros have the second-best record in the American League but remain 6.5 games behind the Yanks. Because of that, New York is a slight favorite in this one, -122 on the moneyline vs. +112 for Houston. Those odds courtesy of WynnBET where you can get $200 when you bet $50 using our promo code, XVIBONUS!
The Yankees will send 30-year-old right-hander Jameson Taillon to the hill in the first of this four-game series. Taillon has an 8-1 record this season, and New York is 11-2 in games where he starts. They have won five-straight Taillon starts, even though he hasn’t been particularly sharp lately.
Following back-to-back eight-inning outings allowing one run combined, Taillon has failed to complete six innings in any of his last three starts. In those three starts, he has allowed seven runs in 14.2 innings while giving up 21 hits and four walks.
His most recent start, against the Blue Jays, was the best of the three as he didn’t allow a run and struck out eight. His performance hasn’t mattered much, though, as the Yankees offense has put up a whopping 32 runs over those three outings. Think they can keep that roll going? Head over to WynnBET where you can get $200 when you bet $50 using our promo code, XVIBONUS!
To oppose Taillon, Houston will send 28-year-old lefty Framber Valdez to the bump. Valdez is 7-3 this season with a 2.78 ERA across 81 innings pitched in 13 starts. The Astros lost four of the first five Valdez starts of the season but have since won seven of his past eight turns in the rotation.
Valdez is a guy who can be counted on to go deep into the game; he has pitched at least six complete innings in each of his last 10 starts. Following an excellent May where Valdez posted a 2.30 ERA across 43 innings, he has not been quite as sharp in June. In three June starts, Valdez has allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 18 innings.
One issue has been the home-run ball. After allowing just two home runs in his first 10 starts, he has allowed two over the past three. He’s also given up 16 hits and six walks in 18 June innings. Perhaps he’s a little worn down after throwing at least 95 pitches in all six June starts, four times cresting the 100-pitch mark.
The only Yankee who has a homer off of Valdez in his career is Gleyber Torres, who is 2-for-5 off the lefty. Despite not homering, Giancarlo Stanton is 3-for-5 in his career against Valdez, while Joey Gallo is 3-for-7.
Written by Dan Zaksheske, our US sports betting industry expert.