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Yankees vs. Astros Game 1 Prediction and Odds for Thursday, July 21 (Back Houston With Cristian Javier Pitching)

Peter Dewey
Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier. / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees and Houston Astros will play a doubleheader on Thursday, July 21, in their first games out of the All-Star break. 

New York and Houston have played some tough battles so far this season, and things won’t get much easier for the Yankees in Houston against Cristian Javier (6-5, 3.22 ERA) in Game 1. 

Javier spun seven innings of no-hit ball with 13 strikeouts in the Astros’ combined no-hitter against New York back on June 25. 

Here are the odds for Game 1 of the doubleheader via FanDuel: 

Yankees vs. Astros Odds, Run Line and Total

Run Line:

  • Yankees +1.5 (-194)
  • Astros -1.5 (+160)


  • Yankees: +108
  • Astros: -126


  • 8 (Over -112/Under -108)

Yankees vs. Astros Prediction and Pick

The Yankees have not looked as dominant in the month of July as they did earlier in the season, and Javier has shown he can shut this team down. 

Houston is also elite at home this season, going 28-14 in the first half of the season at Minute Maid Park. 

These teams played close games in their first series this season, but with the Yankees’ run line juiced all the way to -194, I think the play is to take Houston to win outright. 

The Astros have held New York to just 15 runs in five games this season, and 13 of those runs came in just two games. 

Lean: Astros ML (-126)

Find Peter Dewey’s full betting record here.