Saturday MLB Daytime Betting Preview – Astros at Yankees

The Yankees look to build on the second-best home record in baseball in the second-game of this interleague series.

Houston Astros at New York Yankees

Houston fell behind early on Friday evening by allowing three runs in the opening frame, dropping the first game of the series 4-3 in the Bronx.  The current road trip is the first of two back-to-back, 10-game road trips for the team.  On the road for 11 days, the current trip ties for the longest in terms of days that the club will make this season.  The Astros are 11-17 on the road this season (+280).  With an 8-3 record in June (+780), Houston is tied for second in the majors in winning percentage for the month (.727), tailing only the Mets (.778).  The middle of the lineup must produce to stay with the high-powered Yankees, as the No. 1-4 hitters are a combined 0-for-29 the last two games.

Astros SP Wandy Rodriguez is 3-8 with a 4.95 ERA in 12 starts this season (-280), as he received his eighth loss of the season last time out.  The left-hander is 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA during interleague play and will be making his second such start this season.  He received a loss in facing the Tampa Bay Rays on May 22, allowing three runs over six innings.  He has one career start against the Yankees, coming at home back on June 14, 2008, receiving the loss after allowing five runs on six hits (-110).  Rodriguez has compiled a winning 16-15 mark and 3.67 ERA in 41 daytime appearances (39 starts) in his career, with his earned-run-average being almost a run lower than at night (4.63).

New York moved a season-high-tying 15 games over .500 with last night’s victory and the team has won four of its last five games.  The Yankees have produced a 20-7 (.741) record at Yankee Stadium (+750), giving them the second best home record in baseball trailing only the Atlanta Braves (19-6, .760).  2B Robinson Cano continues to lead the offense, owning the outright MLB batting title at this point of the season (.373) and has reached base safely in 55 of 61 games.  The Yankees enter this afternoon’s contest leading the majors with a .280 team batting average and are second with 337 runs scored.  New York has a 6-1 all-time mark against Houston in interleague play, including a 3-1 record at home.

Yankees SP Javier Vazquez is making his second start against the National League this season and owns a 11-13 record and 4.63 ERA in 37 career interleague starts.  He picked up a 2-1 road victory over the New York Mets on May 21, tossing six shutout innings and surrendering just a single hit.  The right-hander has received an average of 4.50 runs of support during his starts this year, which is the lowest mark among the Yankees’ five regular starters who have a combined average of 6.57 runs per game.  Vazquez has been strong during the early parts of his outings, limiting opponents to a .182 batting average the first time through the lineup, but the opposition hits .287 afterwards.  He is 2-1 with a 5.74 ERA in four appearances (three starts) at Yankee Stadium (-240), including a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in his last home outing two starts back.

It may be worthwhile to take a shot with the underdog in this afternoon tilt, when considering the Astros have been playing great baseball this month.  New York is a perfect 5-0 as a home favorite of -225 to -250, but is an average 11-10 (-400) against left-handers this season.

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