Yankees hurler Tanaka to start ACLS Game 1 in Houston

Yankees hurler Tanaka to start ACLS Game 1 in Houston

It didn't matter on Thursday, though.

The best-of-seven series will feature the two highest-scoring offenses in baseball this season - with the Astros' 896 runs representing the most by any team in almost a decade - as well as the two bullpens with the highest strikeout rates in the game.

"I've been asked that question like 10 times already", a slightly exasperated Keuchel said.

Expect Game 1 to set the tone for what should be a tremendous ALDS between two great teams. He joked that the lefty will probably feel better when he takes the mound and sees players in Yankees uniforms.

Game 4, at New York, Tuesday, Time TBD.

"I know there's a confidence level", Hinch said.

"To be honest with you, when Dallas is right, he's confident against anybody. I don't think who the names are or who the jersey is, he knows he can get anybody out in the league".

Over 63 1/3 innings, McHugh owns a 3.55 ERA and 1.29 on the year.

The Yankees' last appearance in the Fall Classic came in 2009, when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.

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The Astros will play the victor of Wednesday's Game 5 between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. "We've got 12 guys who can work counts and our lineup flows from top to bottom". Verlander, who was acquired on August 31, made his first career relief appearance to help eliminate the Red Sox in Game 4 on Monday.

The choice of Keuchel to start Game 1 was an easy one, especially after the Astros needed Verlander for 40 pitches in relief in their decisive Game 4 win at Boston on Monday. "I was the guy who provided that little bit of information for (Gregorius on adjustments)". The team won 101 games this season. 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.

The Yankees will look to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win an ALDS for the second time.

Bellinger and Austin Barnes homered off Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke while Japan's Darvish gave up one run and struck out seven in five-plus innings. He allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings in his second career postseason game.

"It's a complete lineup throughout", Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said of the Astros.

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

Altuve has kept up his blistering pace in the postseason, where he's hitting.533 with three homers and four RBIs. Four of those strikeouts Wednesday night belonged to Judge, who hit just.050 with 16 strikeouts in 20 at-bats in the series. It will be a challenge for the 25-year-old MVP co-favorite to rediscover his swing in such a short amount of time. You might call them superstitions. "So just keep playing my game, keep having fun. just contribute any way I can".

Tanaka's compatriot Yu Darvish, meanwhile, is scheduled to start either Game 2 or Game 3 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

Girardi, whose contract expires after this season, was booed at home during introductions before ALDS Game 3 on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, two days after starter CC Sabathia was pulled after only 77 pitches and the bullpen then squandered a five-run lead.

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