Keuchel looks to continue success against Yankees in ALCS

Ross D. Franklin  AP

The Astros host the Yankees tonight (Oct. 13, 2017) in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park.

It's a grind for any team, but by the time they arrived in Houston, the ALDS was behind the Yankees. His biggest win to date against them came in the 2015 AL wild-card game when he and the then-upstart Astros got a 3-0 win in the Bronx. "The Albuquerque Baseball Academy has done a great job of getting people seen and it's been huge in the development of New Mexico baseball players", said Bregman. "I don't really care who we're facing, it's going to be that order". Verlander, who was acquired on August 31, made his first career relief appearance to help eliminate the Red Sox in Game 4 on Monday. It would not be shocking, however, to see A.J. Hinch bring back Keuchel or Verlander on short rest depending on how the series goes.

"They've got high-end velocity", Hinch said. Primarily a starter, McHugh will serve in long relief for Houston. "So I have all the confidence in the world". He bounced back this year despite neck issues, posting a 14-5 record with a 2.90 ERA to help the Astros run away with the AL West title.

Verlander's performance afforded the bullpen a five-run edge entering the seventh, which proved to be all the breathing room the home team needed. He allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings in his second career postseason game. The Yankees manager added that Tanaka can get on a roll and put together a run of strong starts and the team will need one of them on Friday.

Biggest Horses: Expect the Astros to ride their biggest horses in this series - Verlander, Keuchel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer.

Altuve has kept up his blistering pace in the postseason, where he's hitting.533 with three homers and four RBIs. The Yankees' full lineup looks like this: Brett Gardner LF, Aaron Judge RF, Gary Sanchez C, Didi Gregorius SS, Starlin Castro 2B, Aaron Hicks CF, Greg Bird 1B, Holliday, Todd Frazier 3B. After recording two hits, including a two-run homer, in the wild-card victory over the Minnesota Twins, the rookie slugger went 1-for-20 with a playoff series-record 16 strikeouts in the division series against the Cleveland Indians. "So just keep playing my game, keep having fun. just contribute any way I can". But New York showed itself as a force to be reckoned with by rallying from two games down to oust the Indians.

Starting for Houston in Game 2 opposite Severino will be veteran Justin Verlander, who the Astros acquired late in the season from the Detroit Tigers. Houston's hasn't announced its rotation past Saturday.

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