Yankees Set Rotation For ALCS, Masahiro Tanaka Gets Game 1

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Starting for Houston in Game 2 opposite Severino will be veteran Justin Verlander, who the Astros acquired late in the season from the Detroit Tigers.

Keuchel v. The Yanks: Dallas Keuchel starts Game 1. So it will be interesting to see them pitted against each other. They're going to hit their home runs, but they're going to do a lot of other things offensively. Sabathia, Luis Severino and Tanaka combined to give up seven runs in 23 ²/₃ innings before handing the ball over to a bullpen that dominated the final three games of the series.

"He's had some really big starts, his last two starts have been outstanding", Joe Girardi said of Tanaka. The key will be if they can get their starters to go deep into games - instead of lasting only to the third or fourth inning. Sonny Gray will take the mound for Game 4. Here, Jeff says, the matchup favors the Astros.

It's a great time to be the Houston Astros, who topped the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS and are fully rested and ready to go against a New York Yankees team that is depleted after coming back from a 2-0 deficit against the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees' full lineup looks like this: Brett Gardner LF, Aaron Judge RF, Gary Sanchez C, Didi Gregorius SS, Starlin Castro 2B, Aaron Hicks CF, Greg Bird 1B, Holliday, Todd Frazier 3B.

On top of offensive woes Gary Sanchez fails to make the play in the bottom of the 9th
On top of offensive woes Gary Sanchez fails to make the play in the bottom of the 9th

Hinch told reporters that the Astros has a huge advantage with both Keuchel and Verlander going back to back to open the series. They're aggressive on the base paths so you have to control that.

"I just couldn't get out of my head: 'I didn't think I'd be here".

"They've got high-end velocity", Hinch said.

So, this season marks the first trip to the ALCS for the Astros, and it is also the first trip for two local guys on the roster. It's not a stretch to imagine this series being decided by what happens when the Yankees' powerful bullpen goes to work against the most relentless offense in the game. On the road, the Astros defeated the Yankees, 3-0.

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