Astros-Yankees: Seven Things To Know Before The ALCS

Astros-Yankees: Seven Things To Know Before The ALCS

Astros-Yankees: Seven Things To Know Before The ALCS

Then his next start would be game seven.

Keuchel v. The Yanks: Dallas Keuchel starts Game 1. And when they meet in the American League Championship Series, beginning Friday night at Minute Maid Park, it may be the most extreme collision of power versus power the sport has ever seen.

"Cleveland pitchers did a great job, but he admitted he had pitches to hit and just missed them", Singleton said.

The Astros will play the victor of Wednesday's Game 5 between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

"He's had some really big starts, his last two starts have been outstanding", Joe Girardi said of Tanaka. They also will hand a series lead to ace Justin Verlander in Game 2.

By virtue of his home run hat trick, Altuve became the ninth player in MLB history to smack a trio of jacks in a postseason game, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

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Game 1, though, will hinge on whether the Yankees are finally able to hit Keuchel, who has been harder for them to figure out than a Rubik's Cube.

"Extremely talented offensively", Girardi said of the Astros.

The New York Yankees have set their rotation for the ALCS against the Houston Astros and Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound for Game 1. "I think certain veterans on the team steer them in the right direction, too, like CC Sabathia". They're aggressive on the base paths so you have to control that.

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

"Keuchel and Verlander are going to go one and two in that order", Hinch told reporters. The Astros have homefield advantage against the Yankees. Gonzalez only hit.200 in the ALDS, but he'll get more pitches to hit than those further up the lineup and a clutch hit or two could turn the tide of the series.

Bucking the current trend in baseball, where strikeouts are tossed off as an acceptable by-product of a swing-for-the-fences approach at the plate, the Astros somehow manage to slug - their.478 slugging percentage ranked first in baseball and their 238 homers trailed only the Yankees - while striking out at a rate of just 17.3 percent of plate appearances, the lowest rate in the majors.

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