Yankees to Send Masahiro Tanaka Against Astros in Game 1

The Yankees are built for the future thanks to young stars like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez

Luis Severino will start Game 2 on Saturday.

The ALCS is going to be close, but if the Astros can start strong behind Keuchel and Verlander, they could be able to take one game from Yankee Stadium and come home with a chance to clinch a World Series berth in Game 6.

The best-of-seven series pits the team with the most World Series championships (the Yankees, with 27) against a team with only one trip to the Fall Classic in its history (a 2005 sweep at the hands of the White Sox). The key will be if they can get their starters to go deep into games - instead of lasting only to the third or fourth inning.

"We are showing what New Mexico players can do out there in the big leagues", said Houston closing pitcher Ken Giles. The Yankees' rotation was impressive against Cleveland after Sonny Gray's Game 1 flop. Here, Jeff says, the matchup favors the Astros.

The American League Championship Series gets started tonight in Houston, with the AL West champion Astros hosting the wild-card Yankees. 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. "They're going to hit their home runs, but they're going to do a lot of other things offensively, so you need to make pitches".

"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 Astros have homefield advantage against the Yankees.

Bucking the current trend in baseball, where strikeouts are tossed off as an acceptable by-product of a swing-for-the-fences approach at the plate, the Astros somehow manage to slug - their.478 slugging percentage ranked first in baseball and their 238 homers trailed only the Yankees - while striking out at a rate of just 17.3 percent of plate appearances, the lowest rate in the majors.

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

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