Yankees, Astros Game 1 ALCS lineups | Joe Girardi makes big change

Yankees, Astros Game 1 ALCS lineups | Joe Girardi makes big change

Yankees, Astros Game 1 ALCS lineups | Joe Girardi makes big change

Extra Arms: The Astros' roster for the ALCS features one more pitcher than the previous round. Why? Houston pitchers this season have actually quelled Judge. "I don't really care who we're facing, it's going to be that order". "There's really not a weakness on either side".

Fifty-six per cent of fastballs over 97 m.p.h. this post-season have been thrown by Yankees, and in an all-hands-on-deck series, Chapman better be prepared for more two-inning saves as was the case in Game 5 of the ALDS. In Game 4, their pitchers' fastballs averaged a staggering 98 miles per hour, never once dipping below 96 - and that was with Chapman, who sometimes touches 102 and 103 miles per hour, not even participating. He struck out seven and scattered three hits over six innings to get the win in Houston's first trip to the postseason in a decade after years of rebuilding and losing. He's a career.325 hitter with 16 home runs in postseason, including eight in 12 games for the Astros in 2004. In other words, they've become very disciplined at the plate and are aggressive about it.

The Yankees have hit.181 off him with over a third of their 17 hits coming from Chase Headley, who also has one of the two home runs off Keuchel. Also, they will exact some revenge on Keuchel, who shut them out for six innings and outdueled Tanaka in the 2015 wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. "When we made the move to pitch Verlander in Game 4 out of relief we had the backdrop that Dallas was going to start Game 5".

Major League Baseball's postseason continues on Friday when the New York Yankees visit the Houston Astros for Game 1 of their best of seven American League Championship series, with the victor of the series moving on to represent the league in the World Series.

"It's just been a culmination of command, location, maybe a little more confidence", Keuchel said of his success. Every member of that quintet ranked among the top 12 relievers in baseball this season in strikeout rate, with Betances - who isn't being used in high-leverage spots these days due to command issues - leading the way, at 15.08 whiffs per nine innings.

The Yankees have already lined up their starters through Game 4, with Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray following Tanaka, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. He's 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA in the postseason. These are the guys that got them here, and they're the ones who will take them beyond. "There's a lot of weapons down there for Joe [Girardi] to use, and our players know that". On the road, the Astros defeated the Yankees, 3-0.

Beltran has been in 58 career playoff games for five different teams.

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