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Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees Pick & Prediction MAY 6TH 2021

ScheduledYankee Stadium Bronx

909Houston Astros
910New York Yankees

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7.5
-193
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7.5o -109 | 7.5o -105 | 7.5o -108 | 7.5o -105 | 7.5o -115
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7.5o -115
-1.5 +105
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333
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Two weeks ago, Giancarlo Stanton's batting average was well under .200.

Since then, Stanton is on one of the hottest streaks of his career, and he looks to lead the New York Yankees to a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros when the teams conclude their lively series Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are on a five-game winning streak and are 10-3 since a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on April 21. At the time Stanton was hitting .158, but since then he is resembling the player who batted .316 in the American League Division Series last season.

"I'd say I'm doing a great job on mistakes," Stanton said. "The pitcher makes a mistake on the middle of the plate, I'm doing some damage. That's my job."

Stanton takes a .314 average into Thursday and is hitting .500 (24-for-48) while hitting in 11 straight games -- the third-longest streak of his career. He has seven hits and eight RBIs so far against Houston, and in Wednesday's 6-3 win, he hit a two-run homer, a game-tying double and an RBI single in the eighth inning.

"It's been awesome," Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks said. "G's definitely a guy that can change the outcome of a game. It's definitely nice to have him rolling."

Making mistakes against Stanton has doomed the Astros, who will try to halt a three-game slide after hearing plenty of boos directed at Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa for their roles in Houston's sign-stealing scandal.

"You can't make mistakes with him," Houston manager Dusty Baker said of Stanton. "He's hitting every mistake. He's hitting good pitches."

The Astros will try to get their offense going against Gerrit Cole, who was 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA in 65 regular-season starts in Houston before signing with the Yankees after 2019.

Cole is off to a terrific start.

He was 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA in six starts last month to earn American League Pitcher of the Month honors, which included Friday's outing, when he fanned 12 and scattered four hits in six innings of a 10-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Cole's 62 strikeouts through his first six starts are the most in team history, and he also has recorded at least seven strikeouts in 15 straight regular-season starts, tying him with Nolan Ryan for the second-longest streak by an AL starting pitcher.

Cole also has four starts with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks, tying the team record set by Mike Mussina in 2001.

Cole's only previous appearance against Houston was Aug. 24, 2016, when he allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings while pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.38 ERA), who is coming off his best start of the season, goes for Houston. On Friday at Tampa Bay, he allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings while getting nine strikeouts and throwing 111 pitches, his most since July 22, 2016.

McCullers is 2-0 with a 2.59 ERA in four regular season starts against the Yankees.

--Field Level Media

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Point Spread

  • Updated:
    May 06, 04:43 AM ET
  • 909 Astros Houston 910 @Yankees New York
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  • BetOnline
  • (+1.5) -120
    (-1.5) +100
  • Intertops
  • (+1.5) -120
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Over Under

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    May 06, 04:43 AM ET
  • 909 Astros Houston 910 @Yankees New York
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Money Line

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    May 06, 04:43 AM ET
  • 909 Astros Houston 910 @Yankees New York
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GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @NY Yankees L 3 - 6
  • @NY Yankees L 3 - 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 4 - 5
  • @Tampa Bay W 3 - 1
  • @Tampa Bay W 9 - 2
  • Seattle L 1 - 0
  • Seattle W 5 - 7
  • Seattle W 0 - 2
  • Seattle W 2 - 5
  • LA Angels L 4 - 2
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Houston W 3 - 6
  • Houston W 3 - 7
  • Detroit W 0 - 2
  • Detroit W 4 - 6
  • Detroit W 0 - 10
  • @Baltimore L 3 - 4
  • @Baltimore W 7 - 0
  • @Baltimore W 5 - 1
  • @Baltimore L 2 - 4
  • @Cleveland L 3 - 7

Next Games

  • Toronto(06-16-19) L 12 - 0
  • Toronto(06-16-19) L 12 - 0
  • Toronto(06-16-19) L 12 - 0
  • LA Angels(04-25-21) L 4 - 2
  • LA Angels(04-25-21) L 4 - 2
  • Washington(06-13-18) L 5 - 4
  • Washington(06-13-18) L 5 - 4
  • Washington(06-13-18) L 5 - 4
  • @Tampa Bay(04-11-21) W 8 - 4
  • @Tampa Bay(04-11-21) W 8 - 4

Last Meetings

  • Astros @ Yankees 3-6
  • Astros @ Yankees 3-7
  • Yankees @ Astros 4-6
  • Astros @ Yankees 1-4
  • Astros @ Yankees 8-3
  • Astros @ Yankees 0-0
  • Astros @ Yankees 4-1
  • Yankees @ Astros 2-3
  • Yankees @ Astros 7-0
  • Astros @ Yankees 9-4

Last Injuries

New York Yankees

  • Miguel Andujar

    Hand
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Andujar has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a hand injury, and he is projected to be out of commission until the middle of May.

  • Clarke Schmidt

    Elbow
    Mid June | 60-day IL

    Schmidt has wound up on the 60-day injured list due to an extensor strain in his right elbow, and he is not expected to return until sometime in June.

  • Aaron Judge

    Lower Body
    Out Thurs | out

    Judge missed the last game with lower-body soreness, and he will not suit up for Thursday's clash with the Orioles.

  • Aaron Hicks

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Hicks missed the last game due to back tightness, but it is likely that he will be in the lineup Monday versus Orioles.

Houston Astros

  • Martin Maldonado

    Back
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Maldonado missed the previous contest with a trapezius contusion, and it is uncertain if he will play against the Yankees on Thursday.

  • Framber Valdez

    Finger
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Valdez has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list with a fractured left finger, and he will be out of the lineup until the middle of May.

  • Josh James

    Hip
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    James has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to having surgery to repair a left hip injury, and he is not expected to make his season debut until the middle of May.

  • Enoli Paredes

    Upper Body
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Paredes has been designated for the 10-day injured list with right side soreness, and he is not expected to return until the middle of May.

  • Pedro Baez

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Baez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to right shoulder tightness, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Andre Scrubb

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Scrubb has been activated from the 10-day injured reserved list with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will be available for Saturday's battle with the Rays.

  • Yordan Alvarez

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Alvarez has been designated for the COVID-19 injured list, and it is unknown how long he will be debilitated.

  • Jose Altuve

    Illness
    Prob Mon | 10-day IL

    Altuve has been added to the COVID-19 injured list, but he is projected to dress for Monday's matchup with the Angels.