Astros starting Keuchel in Game 1, Verlander in Game 2

Posted October 14, 2017

Ace Dallas Keuchel will start for the Astros against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.

Gray has thrown just 3 1/3 innings for the Yankees since September 28 so he threw a simulated game on Thursday at Houston Minute Maid Park.

In that series, Tanaka pitched for NY in Game 3 allowing 3 hits, while striking out 7 and walking 1 in New York's 1-0 win.

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Houston hasn't made that many decisions yet, but it has chosen Justin Verlander to pitch in Game 2 at home against Severino.

"He's had some really big starts, his last two starts have been outstanding", Joe Girardi said of Tanaka.

Keuchel was 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA in the regular season and won his start against the Boston Red Sox in the Division Series, giving up one run in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. He struck out nine times in those at-bats.

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"Just because it's the Yankees you kind of get a little more amped and a little more jittery because it is the pinstripes and such a storied organization", Keuchel said.

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. Jeff says this is a longer series than the five-game ALDS.

The Astros also have a hitter who has dominated the Yankees in shortstop, Carlos Correa. "I love being able to represent them and I try and play, I play hard everyday all the people that have helped me in New Mexico to get to this point", said Houston third baseman Alex Bregman. The New York Yankees completed their comeback Wednesday night, defeating the AL regular season leaders Cleveland Indians in Game 5.

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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. This isn't the time to start betting against them.