We’re finally here. After the Wild Card round and the League Division Series took literally forever — the games averaged three hours and 44 minutes each — we’re down to two teams left in each league. We’ve got the Astros, who specialize in offense and are a two-way danger when their starters are right taking on the Yankees, who specialize in pitching and are a two-way danger when their lineup is right.
Houston had a 127 OPS+ this year, 22 points higher than the second-place team — that would be New York, by the way — and a 97 ERA+, right below the league-average. They didn’t have Justin Verlander for most of the season and they’re able to cut out the worst of their pitchers for the postseason, so they’re better than that, but still: they have a clear strength that brought them here. The Yankees, meanwhile, finished the season with a 121 ERA+ that ranked fifth in the majors and trails only the Dodgers among the remaining postseason teams. This is going to be some unstoppable force vs. immovable object action.
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Keuchel is indeed still in,
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/10/13/16474492/astros-yankees-2017-score-live-results-updates-alcs-game-1
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