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Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

Astros starting Keuchel in Game 1, Verlander in Game 2 Jose Altuve's 3-HR Game Gives Astros 1-0 2017 ALDS Lead vs. Red Sox
Jerome Frank | 14 October, 2017, 01:14

When ALDS hero Didi Gregorius was hurt to start the season, they thrived.

The most important thing of the night: Will the Judge be back in session?

Masahiro Tanaka, who shined in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians, will oppose Keuchel. Surely, the Astros were taking notes. The Yankees' last ALCS appearance was in 2012.

The Astros are one step away from reaching their first World Series since losing to the White Sox in 2005 as a National League team. But the arrow is pointing upward for both franchises, which are here in large part because of a core of young players that is controllable for the next few seasons.

"If the Yankees are going to do it against this particular team, they are going to really have to pitch well", Singleton said. Chris Sale just gave up his third.

The only playoff game Beltran and McCann had with the Yankees was a loss to the Astros in the 2015 AL wild card game. In beating the Boston Red Sox in four games to advance to the ALCS, they averaged six runs per game and posted an OPS of.974.

The Yankees' bullpen depth has rescued them this postseason, beginning in the wild card game against Minnesota, when starter Luis Severino was yanked after recording just one out, leaving 26 outs for the bullpen to cover - which it did, with 10 from Robertson, seven from Kahnle, six from Green and the last three from Chapman. 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.

In 341 regular-season at-bats that ended before the pitcher got to two strikes against him, Altuve batted.446 with a.739 slugging percentage. It was a hole they fell into with a gut-wrenching Game 2 loss after manager Joe Girardi failed to challenge a play that opened the door for a stunning Cleveland rally. "Good luck, I guess". The Yankees' hopes lie in keeping games close and turning them over to what is probably baseball's best bullpen.

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. Yankees hitters are 19-for-103 (.184) with four walks and 35 strikeouts against him. "Then after that is where it gets a little thought-provoking, I guess". "But I think it's just a coincidence that my command and location have been better than what it usually is against them". But that could also mean that they're ripe for a Game 1 letdown. Tanaka isn't necessarily the best option for the Yankees, especially with his struggles on the road this season, but with the other starters in the rotation working back to full rest, he's the go-to guy for Game 1.

That was a series built on production from the fringes of the Yankees lineup and, considering the length of the Astros' order, a repeat could be necessary and Frazier could be that sparkplug as he has a pair of home runs off Verlander and Charlie Morton in his career. The Astros will score early and ride Keuchel to a 5-2 victory.

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