The teams involved in this year's playoffs are the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Altuve ripped eight hits with three homers, four RBI and five runs in the Division Series, while Bregman put up four hits, three runs and two solo homers. The Astros and the Yankees have played each other in seven games in the regular season. The Yankees, in having to go to five games, will now be rolling into the ALCS with little time off.
After dropping the first two games of the ALDS to the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees rallied back at home to even the series at 2-2 and completed the comeback last night with a 5-2 victory at Progressive Field. Gray is 3-7 with a 3.11 ERA in 72 1/3 road innings this year. Keucheul is 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 71 2/3 home innings this season. Aaron Judge set a rookie record for home runs, and Gary Sanchez has become the MLB's best hitting catcher. You gave the obvious names like Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, George Springer, Dallas Keuchel, amongst others.
StubHub.com spokesperson Cameron Papp said about 3,500 tickets for Game 1 and about 4,000 for Game 2 were available on that site as of midafternoon Thursday. Still, New York scored 51 runs to the Astros' 43. Brett Gardner was 8-for-25 in the series and had a key two-run single late in Game 5 to help clinch it. Judge finished the regular season by setting a record for most consecutive games with a strikeout, and he's wrapped up the first postseason action of his career by setting another similarly dubious record.
The Bombers could also go with Masahiro Tanaka, who has struck out 22 combined in his last two starts, though both of those came at home, where the righty has better splits.
As good as the Astros were this year, cementing themselves as a playoff team maybe as early as July, the Cleveland Indians were the best team in the American League. Tanaka has been outstanding in his last couple starts and Severino rebounded from a round AL Wild Card outing to slow down Cleveland in Game 3 of the ALCS.
"The Yankees are always a big draw and the Astros are on a great run, so there's a lot of excitement in the Houston area for this series". NY might win a couple games in the ALCS when hitters like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are able to carry them, but ultimately it's hard to envision Houston not winning the series.
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