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Houston Astros vs New York Yankees

March 28, 2024




One of the best matchups on Opening Day of the 2024 MLB season will feature two teams that are projected to be among the top teams in the American League. The New York Yankees will travel to Houston, Texas, to face the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:20 PM ET on Thursday afternoon and will air on SCHN and the YES Network.

New York Yankees Team Preview

The batting order for the New York Yankees is arguably the most dangerous in the American League, featuring Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres, which is one of the main reasons the Yankees enter the season as the favorite to win the American League at +395 while having the 3rd best odds of winning the World Series at +935. 

However, New York will be without a key piece of its pitching rotation: Gerrit Cole. Cole finished last season with a record of 15-4 with an ERA of 2.63 while recording 222 strikeouts after suffering an elbow injury in Spring Training. Instead of having Gerrit Cole on the mound for Opening Day, the Yankees will send Nestor Cortes, who finished the regular season with a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 4.97 while recording 67 strikeouts last season. 

The New York Yankees will look to continue their dominance against the Houston Astros. They won five of the seven meetings last season, including a series sweep on the road, when they face Houston on the road to start the 2024 MLB season.

Houston Astros Team Preview

The Houston Astros have remained one of the top teams in the American League and have been the team to beat over the last few seasons. They have made the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons and won the AL West in six of the last seven years. 

This year, the Astros are projected to be among the top teams in the American League again, and they enter the year with the 2nd best odds of winning the AL Pennant while having the 4th best odds of winning the World Series. Houston is also the favorite to win their 4th consecutive AL East Division as they enter the year with the best odds of winning at +107. The Astros will face the Yankees, projected to be the best team in the American League, on Opening Day. Houston struggled against the Yankees last season, losing five of the seven meetings, and was swept at home during the regular season series while losing by an average margin of 3.33 runs per game in those contests. 

The Houston Astros will look to end the three-game losing streak against the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon when they host New York on Opening Day of the 2024 MLB season. 

Odds and Series Trends

WagerWeb has the Houston Astros listed as -152 moneyline favorites at home against the New York Yankees on Thursday's Opening Day of the 2024 MLB season. The Yankees swept the series on the road last season and won by an average margin of 3.33 runs per game against the Astros. They also won five of the seven games in the regular season series in 2023.

Game Pick

This will be an exciting matchup as it will feature the projected top two teams in the American League, with New York having the best odds of winning the AL Pennant while Houston has the 2nd best odds. The Yankees dominated the series last season, winning five of the seven contests, including sweeping the road series 3-0 and winning by an average margin of 3.33 runs per game. Take the moneyline for the New York Yankees when they travel to face the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon's Opening Day of the 2024 MLB season.

Spooky Express Pick: New York Yankees Moneyline (+137)