Keuchel looks to continue success against Yankees in ALCS
13 October, 2017, 19:38 | Author: Leah Owens
By virtue of his home run hat trick, Altuve became the ninth player in MLB history to smack a trio of jacks in a postseason game, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Both of these pitchers would certainly have changed the WAR calculus had they been on their teams all season.
Now in possession of a 1-0 series lead, the Astros will attempt to double their advantage Friday when they hand the ball over to 2015 Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel.
"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. "I think certain veterans on the team steer them in the right direction, too, like CC Sabathia". It's not a stretch to imagine this series being decided by what happens when the Yankees' powerful bullpen goes to work against the most relentless offense in the game.
The prediction: After coming all the way back to vanquish the 102-win Indians on Wednesday night, the Yankees were flying so high that they barely needed a jet to get to Houston.
But at the rate the Astros score, this series could be shortened considerably if Judge doesn't at least contribute at the plate. "It's just part of it". "They're aggressive on the base paths, so you have to control that".
"If the Yankees are going to do it against this particular team, they are going to really have to pitch well", Singleton said.
As composed as Judge has been this season, there was some visible frustration in Game 5 against the Indians. Every time I step on the field, I want to contribute. If we turn to projected standings, Houston very slightly overperformed, as BaseRuns had them as a 99-win team and their Pythagorean record had them as a 100-win team. "I can't do anything about the past".
When ALDS hero Didi Gregorius was hurt to start the season, they thrived. The Astros have the edge both in offence and starting pitching, but Girardi is hoping for the latter area to be closer in what has the potential to be an intriguing series.
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. Gray hasn't pitched since September 28, but threw a simulated game from the mound here late Thursday. "And there's a lot of times that he really gets on a roll and he puts a bunch of them together and we're going to need a good one from him tomorrow".
"This is a very unsafe lineup ... we didn't have a lot of success against Cleveland during the regular season but we pitched better during the playoffs, and you hope that holds true here". That was mostly thanks to Aaron Judge's prowess, but when he slumped badly after the All-Star break, they picked him up and did so again in 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.
Joe Girardi admitted he was a little tired on Thursday, the product of a late-night flight from Cleveland and arrival in his hotel here shortly before 5 a.m.
Masahiro Tanaka, who shined in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians, will oppose Keuchel.
"Oh, he's a great player, and he's been for a number of years here", Girardi said.
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