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Tickets for Astros' ALCS Game 1, 2 skyrocket

Tickets for Astros' ALCS Game 1, 2 skyrocket”

Altuve hit three home runs in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox, ending the series with a 1.765 OPS.

With the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks each winning their Wild Card games to advance to the division series, eight teams are now aspiring to search for the title to either reclaim it or end a longtime drought of postseason misfortune.

For the second time in three years, the New York Yankees will meet the Houston Astros in the MLB Playoffs.

Unlike most contending teams that make a trade or two to increase their chances in the playoffs, the Yankees went on a trading binge and got position players like Todd Frazier, two more starting pitchers and two relievers to create a shut-down bull pen. Judge, in particular, was a mess at the plate, becoming the first player to have three four-strikeout games in one series. You gave the obvious names like Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, George Springer, Dallas Keuchel, amongst others.

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New York's youth movement didn't truly begin until previous year, but it's far ahead of schedule in terms of making the Yankees a victor. The Astros are -180 favorites, via OddsShark, and the Yankees are +158 underdogs. Being able to use David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Aroldis Chapman across multiple innings kept the Yankees in their ALDS matchup. On the road, the Astros defeated the Yankees, 3-0. Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson are good pitchers, as are Joe Musgrove and Lance McCullers, Jr., but they're not quite up to the level of performance that NY can expect every night. While Judge has been ineffective so far in the postseason, the Yankees outfielder has a regular season batting average of.284 with 114 RBI and 52 home runs.

The fulcrum in the series with Cleveland was the stellar starting pitching by the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino, and they likely will go in Games 2 and 3 after Sonny Gray starts Game 1. Yet, the Yankees can not feel as great about their chances if Judge replicates this clunker of a series.

This brings us neatly to something worth considering. Houston is a -180 favorite to win Game 1 and NY is a +155 underdog. They also have a lineup of big bats and a great pitching staff. The Astros beat the Boston Red Sox in four games in the other ALDS. They can re-set their rotation without throwing either Keuchel or Verlander on short rest.

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious homered twice in the series clinching victory, as the Yanks chased Indians ace Corey Kluber early in the game and never looked back.



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