ALCS Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka to start for New York Yankees vs

Game one of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros will be Friday at 6:08 p.m.in Houston, Texas. Counting the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees have survived elimination in four games.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi paid respect to the Houston Astros, particularly second baseman Jose Altuve.

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. The last time the Astros made it to a championship series was back in 2005, and that was before their 2013 switch over to the American League.

Starter Justin Verlander spearheaded the effort in his first postseason appearance since 2014 and scattered six hits over six innings while allowing just two earned runs. It's not a stretch to imagine this series being decided by what happens when the Yankees' powerful bullpen goes to work against the most relentless offense in the game.

So, this season marks the first trip to the ALCS for the Astros, and it is also the first trip for two local guys on the roster. On the other hand, Aaron Judge struck out in 16 of his 20 at-bats versus the Indians. "I mean, especially now seeing me and Bregman having so much success they are going to be more blocks of scouts going down there to find some talent", said Giles.

Right-hander Luis Severino will start Saturday's Game 2 in Houston. Yankees hitters are 19-for-103 (.184) with four walks and 35 strikeouts against him. "They're aggressive on the base paths, so you have to control that. Then after that is where it gets a little thought-provoking, I guess". I didn't think I'd be back in Cleveland at all, ' " the longtime Yankees analyst said Thursday morning after arriving in Houston overnight. CC Sabathia will start Game 3 on Monday in NY.

But Tanaka didn't survive the second inning May 14 against the Astros, who just got through knocking around Red Sox starting pitching for 16 runs in 11⅔ innings over four games. The Astros will score early and ride Keuchel to a 5-2 victory.

  • Stacy Allen