But the Yankees do have a remarkable piece of postseason history on their side: NY has won the AL pennant in every season following an Indians World Series appearance. Starting pitchers have not been announced, but it is safe to assume two of Sonny Gray, Severino and Tanaka will start in Games 1 and 2. Game one is Friday night at 8:08PM EST.
The Astros won the season series against the Yankees, 5-2, but those games were played from May 11-14 and June 30-July 2. This bullpen gives them a distinct advantage late in the game, as the Astros' mediocre relief pitching put them 17th in Major League Baseball with a 4.17 ERA, and they followed that up with 10 runs allowed over 16.1 innings in their ALDS matchup with the Boston Red Sox.
The "Baby Bombers", as the Yankees' young core is often called, have already exceeded expectations, and a loss to the Astros in the ALCS would not be a disappointment. Keuchel had a 1.12 WHIP with 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings in the regular season.
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Better yet, Judge was unable to hit a home run in this series. NY is also 6-2 in their last eight during game one of a series and 20-8 in their last 28 overall.
Jose Altuve has led the way this postseason, going 8-for-15 in the ALDS with three homers, four RBI and four walks.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman both had two home runs to help lead Houston to the series win. But the lineup of the Astros is a minefield to navigate through and it's hard to see them being slowed down for an entire series as Boston found out very quickly. Aaron Judge had one hit, a huge two-run double in Game 4, in the ALDS and set a record for most strikeouts in a postseason series with 16.