ALCS Game 1 preview: Astros hope Keuchel continues success vs. Yankees

by Eddie Scott October 14, 2017, 0:33
ALCS Game 1 preview: Astros hope Keuchel continues success vs. Yankees

The Astros are playing in their first Championship Series since 2005, when they reached the World Series as a National League team.

Verlander v. Severino: In Game 2, Luis Severino starts for the Yankees while Justin Verlander starts for the Astros.

Pitching opposite Tanaka will be Houston's ace Keuchel.

"And this bullpen can match up with you, they're predominantly right-hander to the back end". "And just because it's the Yankees, you get a little bit more amped and jittery". The New York Yankees completed their comeback Wednesday night, defeating the AL regular season leaders Cleveland Indians in Game 5.

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Hinch told reporters that the Astros has a huge advantage with both Keuchel and Verlander going back to back to open the series. "We hand him the ball and the entire room knows we have a chance to win".

Now in possession of a 1-0 series lead, the Astros will attempt to double their advantage Friday when they hand the ball over to 2015 Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel. Not only is Keuchel 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA over his past four starts, including a win over Boston in Game 2, but he is also arguably the most prolific Yankee-slayer among starting pitchers in modern times. The Yankees said CC Sabathia will pitch Game 3 in NY and Sonny Gray will go in Game 4. The series starts at 7:08 p.m. tonight.

The Yankees' 1-2 guys aren't quite the horses the Astros boast.

Over 63 1/3 innings, McHugh owns a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 on the year. He went 8-for-15 in the division series and homered three times in Game 1, prompting Red Sox star Mookie Betts to best sum up the challenge of figuring out how to beat Altuve: "I'm not exactly sure what a game plan for him is". "So to be honest, I really don't want - it's not something I really want to get into".

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Chatter about Girardi's future in the Bronx has been muffled since the Yankees became only the 10th team to win a best-of-five series after dropping the first two games.

Somewhat negating the Keuchel Effect for the Yankees is their youth movement and subsequently surprise run to the ALCS.

In the interim, the Yankees added twentysomethings Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Starlin Castro to positive results, though Judge struggled in the ALDS.

"We went through some transition here where we have had an older club and ... we made some trades to improve the club, the talent level in the minor leagues", Girardi said. The American League home run leader went 1-for-20 with 16 strikeouts in five games against the Indians. "And these kids have started to come up and make an impact".

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