Struggling Astros look to break 4-game slide against Yankees
New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Houston enters the matchup as losers of their last four games.
The Yankees are 25-13 on their home turf. The New York offense has compiled a .260 batting average as a team this season, good for eighth in the MLB. DJ LeMahieu leads the team with a mark of .315.
The Astros are 21-16 in road games. Houston ranks fourth in the league in hitting with a .265 batting average, Michael Brantley leads the club with an average of .321. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
TOP PERFORMERS: Edwin Encarnacion leads the Yankees with 22 home runs and is slugging .526. Gary Sanchez is 10-for-34 with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Yankees: 7-3, .286 batting average, 4.35 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Astros: 4-6, .234 batting average, 4.08 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs
Yankees Injuries: Luis Severino: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jordan Montgomery: 60-day IL (elbow), Jonathan Loaisiga: 60-day IL (shoulder), Ben Heller: 60-day IL (elbow), Domingo German: 10-day IL (hip), Dellin Betances: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jake Barrett: 60-day IL (elbow), Aaron Judge: 10-day IL (oblique), Jacoby Ellsbury: 60-day IL (hip), Troy Tulowitzki: 60-day IL (calf), Kendrys Morales: 10-day IL (calf), Greg Bird: 60-day IL (foot), Miguel Andujar: 60-day IL (labrum).
Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 10-day IL (achilles), Collin McHugh: 10-day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-day IL (elbow), George Springer: 10-day IL (hamstring), Aledmys Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Carlos Correa: 10-day IL (rib), Max Stassi: 10-day IL (knee).