4* AL PLAYOFF BEST BET TUESDAY 4-0 RUN
(932) 4* NY Yankees+ over Houston @ 8:05 Eastern
Although the Yankees finished 1-6, not winning the East, feel they may have a real psychological edge on Tuesday night. First off, they are without 1B Mark Teixeira the most dangerous hitter in their lineup. Plus now the pitching staff takes a hit with LHP Sabathia leaving the team causing depth issues. But, the Yankees are playing at home in a hitter-friendly park, and have experience in playoff type games. New York (87-75) will use ace RHP Tanaka who finished with a 12-7 mark and a decent 3.51 ERA, but a solid 0.99 WHIP. He is a big game hurler!
Houston (86-76) comes in with loads of confidence knowing they have had success against the Yankees, but still they almost blew their wild card berth…That tells you something about their youth! The Astros will use their young stud hurler Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48) who has not allowed a run in 16 innings of work vs. the Yankees this season. Impressive to say the least, however, this is the first time he is throwing with three day’s rest. And being on the road in a huge game has tendency to create issues for young hurlers.