The Yankees will take on the Astros on Monday for the first time since their season-ending 2017 ALCS Game 7 loss. Houston’s starting pitcher that night? Charlie Morton, who got the win after pitching five innings of two-hit shutout ball.


Morton was nothing more than a journeyman before arriving in Houston, which worked its magic on him. He pitched brilliantly that October night and hasn’t really slowed down with the turn of the calendar.

Speaking of brilliance, the Yankees have won nine consecutive games to pull within two games of Boston in the AL East. Even with that winning streak, New York is a decided underdog in Game 1 of what should be a very fun series. Let’s take a look at why.

New York Yankees (+141) @ Houston Astros (-157) | O/U: 8.5

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