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13 October 2017, 01:23 | Anna Jefferson
Astros: Three Roster Bubble Questions for the ALCS
FS1 and FOX Deportes air Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros live from Minute Maid Park on Friday, Oct. 13, with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET.
Masahiro Tanaka will face Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, while Sonny Gray isn't slated to start until Game 4 in The Bronx. Of course, by having that extra time off, there's the always present (but of debatable veracity) concern that Houston will come into this series "cold", while the Yankees will just be playing another important game. With the pitching staffs factored in (and the troubling fact that Houston won the season series 5-2), that's why the Astros are favored, but I just think the odds are set too high. In his 162.2 innings and 10-12 record this year, Gray put up a 3.54 ERA with 153 Ks.
The Astros boast some big hitters this year. Keucheul is 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 71 2/3 home innings this season.
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. Yet, he was only able to pitch 4.1 innings, while still allowing 2 earn runs off two hits.
Jose Altuve has led the way this postseason, going 8-for-15 in the ALDS with three homers, four RBI and four walks.
Didi Gregorius hit three home runs during the ALDS for NY, while Greg Bird added a pair of home runs. NY is also 6-2 in their last eight during game one of a series and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman both had two home runs to help lead Houston to the series win.
The Astros have an opponent for the American League Championship Series, and it's none other than the winningest and most recognizable franchise in baseball. But the lineup of the Astros is a minefield to navigate through and it's hard to see them being slowed down for an entire series as Boston found out very quickly. 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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