Astros vs Yankees Preview

Astros vs Yankees Preview

Game start: 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: Yankee Stadium

Pitching matchup: Charlie Morton (7-0, 2.04 ERA) versus CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.55 ERA)

Line: -122 Houston

The first game of this highly anticipated series went to the away team as the Houston Astros, behind another dominant performance by Justin Verlander, secured a 5-1 victory.

“I’ve had some success against them in the past,” Verlander said. “Every day is a new day, especially going up against a lineup like that.”

When he left the ball game with a major league-best 1.11 ERA, Verlander got a cheer from a solid contingent of Astros fans wearing bright orange behind the dugout — and even louder jeers from the local fans.

Verlander enjoyed the moment, taking off his cap and waving it toward the Bronx boobirds.

“Just having fun,” he said. “Yankees fans having fun with me, so I decided to have some fun back.”

Verlander may own the best ERA in the major leagues, but today’s starter for the Astros owns the best record…

Charlie Morton attempts to stay unbeaten Tuesday night when the Houston Astros continue their three-game series with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Morton is 7-0 with a 2.04 ERA heading into his 11th start of the season and the Astros are 7-3 in his 10 starts. It is the second straight season a Houston starter has begun with at least seven straight wins as Dallas Keuchel won his first nine decisions last season.

Morton is five wins shy of the Astros club record for consecutive wins in a single season. The record was set by Mark Portugal from July 11-Oct. 2, 1993 and matched by Wade Miller from July 7-Sept. 21, 2002.

Going back to last season Morton has won his last 10 regular-season decisions. He last pitched Thursday in an 8-2 win at Cleveland when he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings.

“Having my breaking ball and throwing my breaking ball for strikes (was key),” Morton said after throwing 37 curveballs and averaging 95.5 mph on his 32 four-seam fastballs. “That allows me to get back in counts. Even in the sixth inning there, I couldn’t throw my fastball for a strike. I didn’t know where the ball was going, and that’s been a theme for me this year. I’m really not throwing the ball where I want to, but my secondary stuff has been good.”

Morton versus the Yankees

Morton is 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Yankees. He also went 1-1 in the ALCS against the Yankees, allowing seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in Game 3 and two hits in five innings in Houston’s series-clinching 4-0 win.

CC on the bump going for a milestone

New York’s CC Sabathia will make his fifth attempt at becoming the 58th pitcher to reach 240 career wins. Sabathia is 2-1 with a 3.55 ERA this season.

Since allowing a run in seven innings on April 29 against the Los Angeles Angels, Sabathia is 0-1 with a 6.05 ERA in his last four starts.

The veteran left-hander last pitched Wednesday in a 12-10 loss at Texas when he allowed seven runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

“It just wasn’t there for me today and with all the lefties in their lineup I needed a good, sharp slider and it was just hanging today,” said Sabathia, who allowed a two-run homer on Nomar Mazara and a three-run homer to Ronald Guzman on sliders.

Sabathia did not face the Astros in Houston earlier this month. In three career regular-season starts he is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA against the Astros, whom he faced in Game 3 and 7 of the ALCS last season.

Stanton owns Morton

After receiving a day off in the first game of the series, Giancarlo Stanton will definitely be in the lineup tonight.

In 16 at-bats, Stanton is hitting .438 with one home run and three RBIs off of Charlie Morton. The duo faced off when Morton spent time in the National League with the Pirates and Phillies and Stanton was with the Marlins.

Prediction

Winning series’ against the Houston Astros is a difficult task, they have the best starting pitching maybe ever and their ERA is over one run lower than their next closest competition.

Eventually, Charlie Morton will lose, but with a struggling CC Sabathia opposing him tonight, I expect the Astros bats to remain alive and pull out a slim victory.

Astros 7 Yankees 5

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