Can the Yankees take the rubber match vs. Astros? MLB Predictions 7/2/17

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Of the four inherited runners Astros starters have left over the last two games, all four scored.

The Astros got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Given their history of early playoff exits (since moving to Washington. they have made three Division Series and lost them all), one wonders just how desperate the Nationals will be once the market for midseason relief help hits full stride. Yuli Gurriel had the big game for Houston, driving in four runs on three hits, including a home run. He walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases before an RBI single by Gary Sanchez cut the lead to 2-1.

There is no official pitcher scheduled to go for game three for the Astors.

Check out Katie's Yankeemetrics post for more interesting stats. And, no, it wasn't of the Denny's vareity. With eight games still left to finish on Friday evening, Major League Baseball's new record currently stands at 1,093 home runs in the month of June. They're also 8-2 in their last 10.

They finally broke through in that inning, hitting five singles and sending 10 batters to the plate to take a 6-3 lead.

McCullers has allowed one run or less five times during that stretch in dropping his ERA nearly a run from 3.40 back on May 6. "I want to find a way to be more consistent and repeat that".

Friday (8:10 PM EST): RHP Michael Pineda vs. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. If they can get their results to match their performance at home, they should start to pull away, but if they continue to scuffle, those upstart Twins or the last-chance Royals could make things interesting.

Game two consists of two rookies squaring off.

Michael Feliz (4-2) allowed four hits and three runs in a third of an inning for the loss. Fiers is coming off one of his poorest outings this year, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings. "I usually do. I like playing defense".

One start fresh of the DL, McCullers is looking just as sharp as before he went down. "With me having injuries through 2016, I took my training back to square one and focused on what my body needed as far as lifting and recovery".

Can the Yankees take the rubber match vs. Astros? MLB Predictions 7/2/17

Dansby Swanson has not had the kind of season the Braves have wanted him to have.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi talks about outfielder Dustin Fowler the day following his season-ending injury suffered while making his MLB debut in a game Friday, June 29, 2017 in Chicago.

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The Astros bullpen leads the majors in both K/9 and K%, and ranks in the top-ten in both park-adjusted ERA and WPA.

Will Harris gave up a grand slam to Didi Gregorius in the top of the sixth inning, but the Astros recovered.

Opening the series is the best pitching matchup.

Judge homered in his first career game last season and thought he might see it again from Frazier.

McCullers had to battle throughout. Saturday was a perfect example. And remember to keep the memory of Aoki getting Judge out in your hearts forever. He's ever so important to this team.

Though some scouts questioned Frazier's long-term potential as a big-league impact player, he was still widely regarded behind Gleyber Torres as the Yankees' second best positional prospect.

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