The New York Yankees will try to continue their remarkable run through the postseason when they visit the Houston Astros as large road underdogs for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday. They made the playoffs as the first AL Wild-Card team.
Rather than shrug it off as meaningless, Keuchel acknowledges the significance of that moment and the juice of facing a team so accustomed to baseball's October spotlight.
"I have a ton of confidence in him", Girardi said of Tanaka. "And just because it's the Yankees, you kind of get a little more amped and a little more jittery because it's the pinstripes and such a storied organization". But short of intentionally walking him, as the Red Sox did twice in Game 2 of the division series, taking care to not give him anything to hit early in the count would seem to be the way to go.
The Astros have completed 55 seasons without a World Series title (since their inception in 1962), making it the third-longest drought in the majors.
The natural inclination from the Astros' perspective would be to pull for the Yankees to knock off the top-seeded Indians, the defending AL champions who after finishing the regular season with 33 wins in their last 37 games looked like the best team in baseball.
Game 1 of the best-of-7 ALCS is Friday night in Houston. The Astros will score early and ride Keuchel to a 5-2 victory. One year he is better at night the next he is better in the day, " Girardi said. If there is no improvement, then in Game 2 against Justin Verlander, Girardi might make a change. "He knows he can get out anybody in the league". "But our guys just stayed the course".
The Astros' prolific offence is the ideal blend of power and savvy base-hitting, a big reason they were able to dominate so many teams offensively this season. The Blue Jays certainly felt that wrath this season, giving up 12, 19 and 16 runs in three of their seven meetings.
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"We talked about who is throwing well".
Is that enough to beat the Yankees?
Dallas Keuchel is exhausted of talking about his success against the New York Yankees. Altuve hit.533 with three home runs and four RBI in four games against the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, and he also walked four times in 15 at-bats.
Chicago also won a winner-take-all Game 5 on the road two nights before the start of the championship series, defeating the Washington Nationals Thursday. "And there's a lot of times that he really gets on a roll and he puts a bunch of them together and we're going to need a good one from him tomorrow".
The Astros are well aware that the kids are all right, a big reason why the Yankees, and not the Indians, are here as their ALCS opponents. The Yankees said CC Sabathia will pitch Game 3 in NY and Sonny Gray will go in Game 4.
"It's a club that scores a lot of runs but doesn't swing and miss very much". The two are front-runners to MVP after Altuve led the majors with a.346 average and Judge was first in the AL with 52 homers.
Aaron Judge flips his bat after one of his four strikeouts in Game 5 in Cleveland.