Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

The Yankees are built for the future thanks to young stars like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez

Major League Baseball's postseason continues on Friday when the New York Yankees visit the Houston Astros for Game 1 of their best of seven American League Championship series, with the victor of the series moving on to represent the league in the World Series. But he was quick to point out that Keuchel's success certainly hasn't been limited to games against NY.

Alex Bregman and Altuve went back-to-back off Red Sox starter Chris Sale in the first inning, and that was just the start of a rude awakening for the AL Cy Young Award candidate in his first career postseason start. In an era in which the strikeout is king, Keuchel is a throwback - a sinkerball specialist whose groundball rate of 66.8 percent was by far the highest in the game this season among pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched.

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.

"It's just been a culmination of command, location, maybe a little more confidence", Keuchel said of his success. On the other hand, Aaron Judge struck out in 16 of his 20 at-bats versus the Indians. "Then after that is where it gets a little thought-provoking, I guess".

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"For that win in the wild-card game, it wasn't just special for me and the validation, it was special for everybody to go into NY and play that well", he said.




He built off that in his first start this postseason when he yielded three hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings to help Houston to an 8-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS.

500 average, 4 AB, 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 HR, 1 RBIs, 0 BB, 1 K. So one way of guaranteeing him one start at home is one and five.

Skipper Girardi said that Tanaka has had a few really strong starts, as his last two were outstanding. "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". Judge has been part of a close MVP race with Jose Altuve. 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 25-year-old Judge isn't daunted by his hard postseason.

The Astros will play the victor of Wednesday's Game 5 between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.

Many have credited Beltran with having a big impact on Didi Gregorius, the shortstop who succeeded Derek Jeter and homered twice in the ALDS clincher, the Yankees' 5-2 Game 5 victory Wednesday night after losing the first two games of that series to Cleveland. Houston's hasn't announced its rotation past Saturday.

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