After winning the ALDS in Game 5 against the Indians, the Yankees travel to Houston for the ALCS.
The New York Yankees are travelling to Houston to go up against the big bats of the Astros in the ALCS. Tomorrow night at 8:00pm ET Dallas Keuchel will be taking the mound against a Yankees pitcher currently set to be determined. Last night’s Game 5 was close until the last inning.
Didi Gregorius belted two home runs driving in three RBIs. It started in the first went he hit a solo shot off of Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. It looked like it would be another Game 2 right after that. Kluber made it 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks while giving up three earned runs. All three runs that Kluber gave up were Didi Gregorius home runs. The solo shot in the first, and a two-run home run in the third.
The Indians bullpen was shut down after that only allowing five hits and one run while striking out 10. CC Sabathia was stellar going 4 1/3 innings giving up two runs. He walked no one and struck out nine batters. Robertson, who recorded the win, pitched 2 2/3 innings striking out two, while walking one. After Sabathia’s five hits, Robertson and Chapman gave up no hits while striking out six combined.
The New York Yankees’ rookie star Aaron Judge set a postseason record last night. Sadly, it wasn’t a good record. Along with having the single-season record for most home runs by a rookie (52), he set the record for most strikeouts in a single postseason series with 16 in the ALDS against the Indians. If the Yankees want to stay in the postseason while going up against the power hitting Astros, then Judge needs to get out of this funk he’s fallen into. He had one hit in the five-game series, which came in Game 4 as a two-run double.
Cleveland had three errors which resulted in an extra run being scored off of Cody Allen. The Indians as a whole went 5-31 with two runs and 15 strikeouts combined. The Yankees were fanned 16 times, but went 8-34. It also helps the Yankees that two of those eight hits were home runs.
Now the Yankees head to Houston for three games, facing Keuchel in Game 1, Verlander in Game 2 and more than likely McCullers Jr. in Game 3 before heading back to the Bronx. The Yankees pitching staff will be facing tougher and stronger hitters on the Astros including Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, George Springer and more. Combined this year, the Astros had a .282 batting average, .346 OBP and a .478 SLG, leading the MLB in all three stats. The team had 71 more hits than the second place Rockies, totaling up a league leading 1581 hits. They finished second in the MLB in home runs, behind the Yankees, where Aaron Judge consisted 52 of the Yankees 241. The Astros had 238.
This is a dangerous offense, which also produced 24 runs on 49 hits so far this postseason. The Yankees had 29 runs in two extra games played. The Astros produced eight home runs with a .333/.402/.571 slash leading in all three categories so far this postseason.
My prediction for this entire series is that the Astros will win in six games taking the series four games to two. Judge will hit another home run, but will also strikeout nine more times. The Astros starting rotation has been too lethal all season and in the playoffs as well.