This should be one heck of a series with the two best teams in baseball doing battle over four days. Houston and the New York Yankees are doing everything right and have emerging young talent and those betting baseball are paying attention.
As we head only towards the middle of May, no need to oversell this matchup, yet it is clear these are two excellent squads who could be meeting in the postseason later this fall.
No other way to put it, Dallas Keuchel is in the zone. The left-hander is 5-0 and has 1.88 ERA and opposing batters are hitting only .179 against him. (Career average is .252) His WHIP of 0.85 reminds one of another lefty named Kershaw and Keuchel does all this without an dominating fastball. What is Keuchel’s strength, according to Statcast, the lefty has thrown a MLB-high 12.4 percent of his pitches on the corners of the strike zone this season, which is the highest rate in baseball for anyone with at least 250 total pitches. And if you watch him pitch, they are on the low corners. Keuchel is 4-2 vs. the Yankees with a nasty 1.42 ERA.
Is Michael Pinada (3-1, 3.12 ERA) finally reaching his true potential? After an ugly opening outing, Pinada has a 2.32 ERA in his past five starts, all New York victories. Pinada has always had domineering stuff, he just always did not throw enough strikes. Thus far in 2017, he’s harnessed his skills over 34 2/3 innings with 43 strikeouts and mere five walks. Pinada has been either good or bad against Houston with 2-2 record and 4.75 ERA.