Yankees to Send Masahiro Tanaka Against Astros in Game 1

by Olga Hunt October 14, 2017, 0:43
Yankees to Send Masahiro Tanaka Against Astros in Game 1

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

Keuchel gets the nod in the opener after pitching behind Justin Verlander in the ALDS.

"Keuchel and Verlander are going to go one and two in that order", Hinch told reporters.

"Dallas is really good, so I'm not the least bit hesitant on starting him", Hinch said. But short of intentionally walking him, as the Red Sox did twice in Game 2 of the division series, taking care to not give him anything to hit early in the count would seem to be the way to go. "So I have all the confidence in the world". He went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in five regular-season starts with the Astros.

He built off that in his first start this postseason when he yielded three hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings to help Houston to an 8-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS.

While the Astros have a pitching staff full of flamethrowers - bolstered by the addition of former Cy Young Award victor Justin Verlander in August - they have chosen lefty Dallas Keuchel, the softest-tossing pitcher on their staff (88.7 miles per hour average fastball), to start Game 1 for them Friday night, opposite Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. "We hand him the ball and the entire room knows we have a chance to win". Jose Altuve hit for a .346 average in four games against the Red Sox with three home runs and four RBI.

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"His stuff was great the other day, he's had some really big starts, his last two starts have been outstanding", manager Joe Girardi said.

These pitchers will face two of the best hitters in the majors in Houston's Jose Altuve and NY rookie Aaron Judge.

Thanks in part to Altuve, the Astros wielded Major League Baseball's most prolific offense during the regular season. Four of those strikeouts Wednesday night belonged to Judge, who hit just.050 with 16 strikeouts in 20 at-bats in the series. "They're aggressive on the base paths, so you have to control that". It will be a challenge for the 25-year-old MVP co-favorite to rediscover his swing in such a short amount of time. "So just keep playing my game, keep having fun. just contribute any way I can".

The Astros will play the victor of Wednesday's Game 5 between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

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. Houston's hasn't announced its rotation past Saturday.


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