New York Yankees vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Yankees vs Houston Astros
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+100) Houston (-125)
Minute Maid Park is the site where Jake Odorizzi and the Houston Astros (54-33, 1st in AL West) will play the New York Yankees (44-41, 4th in AL East) on Friday. The Astros open this matchup at -125 while the Yankees are coming in at +100. The O/U is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Gerrit Cole and Jake Odorizzi.
New York owns a slugging percentage of .397 and have been called out on strikes 765 times, while drawing a walk on 338 occasions. They have amassed 325 runs batted in as well as 655 base knocks over the course of the season, while their batting average is .237. The Yankees have tallied 101 doubles as a unit and have hit 110 baseballs out of the park. They have a total of 353 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .324. As a squad, the New York Yankees are scoring 4.2 runs per contest, which puts them at 18th in MLB.
The Yankees have a team ERA of 3.86 on the season (10th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 796 hitters. Their K/BB ratio is 3.29 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.20. Yankees pitchers have allowed 97 home runs and also 353 total runs (10th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 242 opposing hitters and their FIP is 3.83 as a squad this season.
Yankees relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 73 times as well as having 102 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have 34 holds on the year (26th in the league). The Yankees bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 69.0% and has entered the game in 65 save situations. They have compiled 20 saves on the year and have not converted 9 out of their 29 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 95 runners so far this season and 27.4% of those runners ended up scoring. The Yankees have dispatched 247 relievers to the hill over the course of the season.
The New York Yankees have earned a total of 2,228 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 708 assists and 50 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .983 which puts them in 16th in baseball, and have 551 double plays. The Yankees have turned 69.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 6,684 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 14th in pro baseball.
Cole has thrown 1,373 innings and has earned 1,565 K's in his career. Cole (109-59 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.10 while he has gone up against 5,539 batters in the majors. His ERA is 3.17 (484 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.107. He has given up 1,168 hits (7.7 hits per nine innings) with 352 free passes.
Houston has hit 111 home runs on the season as well as 462 RBIs. They have recorded 162 doubles, while getting a free base 330 times as well as notching 483 runs. The Houston Astros are sitting with a team OBP of .350 and a team batting average of .274 on the year. The Astros hold a team SLG% of .445 and they are earning 5.62 runs per contest (1st in the league). They have struck out on 631 occasions (30th in MLB) and are sitting with 812 base hits.
The Astros have a team WHIP of 1.184 and have a FIP of 4.05 as a staff this season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.78 (771 strikeouts vs 277 walks). They come in at 7th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 632. They have conceded 99 dingers and they give up 4.02 runs per 9 innings (7th in MLB). The Houston pitching staff have allowed 343 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 3.62 (309 earned runs yielded).
Houston relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 42.3% of 111 inherited base runners. Their relievers have come in 86 times in high leverage situations and on 74 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 72 save situations, the Astros have recorded 38 holds in addition to 13 blown saves. They rank 19th in the league holding a save percentage of 60.6%, and they have sent 256 relief pitchers to the mound this year. Houston has called on relief pitchers to step onto the hill in 33 save opportunities and they have walked away with 20 saves.
Out of their 6,912 innings on the field, the Astros are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 72.3% (2nd in professional baseball). The Houston Astros have turned 65 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (1st in professional baseball). The Astros have 723 assists, 33 errors and have earned 2,304 putouts for the season.
Odorizzi (65-59 record in his career) has earned a 3.91 earned run average and has given up 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.80 and he has faced 4,543 batters in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 471 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.229 and a FIP of 4.1. In his MLB career, Odorizzi has surrendered 962 hits while he has tallied 1,035 strikeouts in 1,083 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (+100)
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