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Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 2. the six-time All-Star has been near-perfect since joining Houston from the Tigers moments before the August 31 waiver-trade deadline.

Houston hasn't made that many decisions yet, but it has chosen Justin Verlander to pitch in Game 2 at home against Severino.

But Keuchel has pitched better than most against the Yankees in recent years, going 4-2 with a 1.41 ERA and 45 strikeouts in six regular-season starts.

The Astros are going with 12 pitchers and 13 position players for the best-of-seven series that starts Friday at Minute Maid Park.

Masahiro Tanaka will start game one for the Yankees on Friday. And in Game 1, they didn't waste any time putting it to good use. He joked that the lefty will probably feel better when he takes the mound and sees players in Yankees uniforms. So if I wait until game three, you don't know if you're going to get there.

In Game 5, the Yankees again did something that might have seemed impossible at an earlier point in the game's evolution: Their hitters struck out 16 times in a 5-2 win - making them the first team in history to win a nine-inning postseason game in which they whiffed that many times.

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After a fast start that signaled a young team arriving ahead of schedule, the Yankees rebuilt their bullpen at the trade deadline with the additions of strikeout kings David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle - adding them to a stable that included Chapman, Dellin Betances and Chad Green to form arguably the deepest late-inning corps in the game.

The Yankees did crush a pitcher with a 1.80 ERA against them in Corey Kluber, but the advantage that Keuchel has over Kluber is that he had previously faced and beaten the Yankees in postseason. Judge has been part of a close MVP race with Jose Altuve.

"I know there's a confidence level", Hinch said. That's seven homers allowed in his last 10 innings.

The Astros tacked on two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run single from catcher Brian McCann, which was more than enough cushion for a pitching staff that was generally sharp.

The matchup that matters most: It's the postseason, so the bullpens will be a series-long storyline. "They're aggressive on the base paths, so you have to control that". But that could also mean that they're ripe for a Game 1 letdown. The New York Yankees completed their comeback Wednesday night, defeating the AL regular season leaders Cleveland Indians in Game 5. This isn't the time to start betting against them.


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