Astros should have the offence to hold off Yankees in ALDS

Astros should have the offence to hold off Yankees in ALDS”

Although Gray had a rough start in Game 1 of the ALDS, the Yankees rotation is deep enough to last a seven-game series with the reemergence of Masahiro Tanaka and C.C. Sabathia.

To put it bluntly, Tanaka can't falter in Game 1. Certainly, there's some truth to that.

In no way is Judge viewed as a larger-than-life character among this unlikely group of Yankees, a team that is motivated and in the process of turning the 2017 post-season on its ear.

Albert Almora followed with a run-scoring single off of reliever Sammy Solis that tied the game at 1-1. "So getting the lead is always important in the playoffs", Hinch said. Through the regular season, the teams had almost identical run differentials, with NY checking in with +198 and Houston with +196. The Yankees said CC Sabathia will pitch Game 3 in NY and Sonny Gray will go in Game 4.

This all boils down to a very simple idea.

The Yankees will look to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win an ALDS for the second time.

There was the champagne party after the big Game 5 win in Cleveland the night before, the flight from OH to Texa and the process of coming down from the drama of winning three in a row while facing elimination against the Indians. That works out to almost 49 percent (82 of 168) of the outs that Yankees have recorded this postseason. With that in mind, he knew one of those two starters could be available if needed in relief in Game 4.

The Yankees will need that resolve again with the Astros perhaps even a tougher opponent than the Indians.

By the time his day was over, Sale had allowed six earned runs and nine hits, including six of the extra-base variety, while striking out six over five innings. Lastly, two of the 4.2 innings that the Astros' bullpen was called on to pitch on Monday were handled by Justin Verlander - a starting pitcher. If the relievers are not already exhausted, a long night on Friday will go a long way towards wearing them down for the rest of this series. The Astros also struck out fewer times than any team in the league. The Astros hit.333 with a.974 OPS against Boston, slamming eight homers and scoring 24 runs.

"This is a very risky 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".

The Yankees defeating Houston in the ALCS would be an upset.

Verlander's performance afforded the bullpen a five-run edge entering the seventh, which proved to be all the breathing room the home team needed.

Game 5, at NY. We're not expecting it, but it wouldn't be the upset of the century, either.

Elsewhere, the World Series champion Chicago Cubs gained the upper hand in their NL division series with a 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals. The Yankees have the arms to at least limit what the Houston offense can do.

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