ALCS Game 1: New York Yankees vs Houston Astros - Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

This game is going to be a wild one as there will be a ton of offensive fireworks but the Astros will pull out a huge Game 1 victory. Final score: Astros 7, Yankees 5.

How to Watch New York Yankees vs Houston Astros

Where: Minute Maid Field, Houston, Texas

When: Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at 8:08 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): National TV: FOX Astros TV/Radio: AT&T SportsNet, 850 AM. Yankees TV/Radio: YES, WFAN 101.9FM.

Team Notes

Houston Astros


The Astros were pressed in their ALDS against the Rays, but two historic pitching performances by Gerrit Cole propelled Houston to a Game 5 win on Thursday night.

Houston has a 54% probability to win the NLCS and a 36% chance to win the World Series title according to Five Thirty-Eight.

The Astros have -177 odds to win the NL and are +115 to take the World Series.

New York Yankees

The Yankees were dominant in their three-game sweep of the Twins, outscoring Minnesota 23-7.

New York has a 46% probability to win the NLCS and a 29% chance to win the World Series title according to Five Thirty-Eight.

The Yankees have +150 odds to win the NL and are +250 to take the World Series.

Read also: “Who Will Win the 2019 World Series?

Pitcher Notes

Astros: Zack Greinke

The Astros’ righty was terrible in his Game 3 start on the road to the Rays, a 10-3 loss for the Astros.

  • In Game 3, Greinke allowed six runs behind three homers in 3.2 innings.
  • The righty threw just 61 pitches in the loss to the Rays and will be pitching on regular rest.
  • Greinke faced the Yankees twice this season as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, allowing three earned runs over 12.2 innings in two starts.

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka

The Yankees’ starter was solid in his Game 2 ALDS start, allowing just one earned run while striking out seven batters in an 8-2 Yankees victory.

  • Tanaka has struck out 28 hitters in his last 30 innings.
  • The righty has gone two straight starts without allowing a home run.
  • Tanaka faced Houston twice this season, going six innings in both starts as he allowed just three total runs in those 12 innings.

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Hitter Notes

New York Yankees

The Yankees had the best scoring road offense in baseball this season, averaging well over six runs per contest away from Yankee Stadium.

  • OF Aaron Hicks is 1 for 6 against Greinke with a single and two strikeouts.
  • 1B Edwin Encarnacion is 1 for 7 versus Greinke with three homers and six RBI.
  • OF Giancarlo Stanton is 3 for 18 with one homer and two RBI against the Houston starter.

Houston Astros

The Astros offense outscored the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park, 15-4, over their three ALDS wins.

  • 2B Jose Altuve is 6 for 20 against Tanaka with two solo homers in his career.
  • 3B Alex Bregman is 4 for 9 with one homer and four RBI against the Yankees’ right-hander.
  • OF Michael Brantley is 5 for 15 against Tanaka with two doubles and one homer.

Roster Notes

New York Yankees

  • SP Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino are slated to pitch the opening two games of this ALCS.
  • SP C.C. Sabathia does not appear to be ready for the ALCS roster and will sit out the series with an injury.
  • OF Aaron Hicks is being evaluated and could start Game 1 if deemed healthy.

Houston Astros

  • If Game 4 is not a bullpen game for the Astros, look for rookie Jose Urquidy to take the hill.
  • SP Brad Peacock might be added to the ALCS roster to help in a bullpen Game 4 scenario.
  • SP Gerrit Cole allowed just six hits and two earned runs in 15.2 innings while striking out a staggering 23 batters over his two ALDS starts.

Game and Series Prediction

For Game 1, I trust that Houston starter Zack Greinke will rebound from his terrible performance in Game 3 of the ALDS against Tampa Bay. That said, this game is going to be a wild one as there will be a ton of offensive fireworks but the Astros will pull out a huge Game 1 victory.

For the series, the Astros’ advantages at home will be too much for the Yankees to overcome as Houston wins the ALCS in six games.

Game 1 Prediction: Final score – Astros 7, Yankees 5.

Series Prediction: Astros in six.

Game Odds ALCS Game 1 -New York Yankees vs Houston Astros

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