ALCS Series Prediction: Will Astros turn away underdog Yankees? 10/12/17

ALCS Series Prediction: Will Astros turn away underdog Yankees? 10/12/17

ALCS Series Prediction: Will Astros turn away underdog Yankees? 10/12/17

The New York Yankees are headed to Houston for a matchup against the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.

Masahiro Tanaka will face Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, while Sonny Gray isn't slated to start until Game 4 in The Bronx.

The Astros took care of business against the Red Sox in their ALDS, winning game 1 8-2, Game 2 8-2 and Game 4 5-4.

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Verlander, an intense competitor, might have savored a shot to pitch Game 2 in Cleveland, where he is 0-6 with a 6.33 ERA in his last eight starts. The Astros and Yankees ranked first and second in runs scored (896, 858) and home runs (238, 241) during the regular season. The Astros and the Yankees have played each other in seven games in the regular season. This bullpen gives them a distinct advantage late in the game, as the Astros' mediocre relief pitching put them 17th in Major League Baseball with a 4.17 ERA, and they followed that up with 10 runs allowed over 16.1 innings in their ALDS matchup with the Boston Red Sox.

Judge and Sanchez this season combined for 88 home runs, with Judge setting a rookie record with 52 blasts, and 204 RBIs.

Tuley's Take: I'll state right off the bat that I've already bet the Yankees on the series price. All of the ALCS games will be televised by FS1 or FOX. Brett Gardner was 8-for-25 in the series and had a key two-run single late in Game 5 to help clinch it.

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Earlier on Thursday, Grigor Dimitrov booked his place in the quarter-finals, downing Sam Querrey 6-3 7-6 (7-3). Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

Meanwhile, the Astros are 4-0 in their last four Friday games and 13-3 in their last 16 home games.

They are much better equipped than Boston to handle Houston with their pitching, and they have been scraping together an average of just under five runs a game, which is more than enough in the playoffs. He allowed one unearned run on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk over six innings in a win over the Yankees earlier this year.

The Astros, by virtue of winning their ALDS in four, will have been off for three days before they face NY, giving their bullpen (which certainly wasn't overtaxed) time to regroup.

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Gray was shaky with his 3.1 innings of work in the ALDS, but he is still a quality arm and his 3.45 career ERA make him one of the best pitchers in this series.

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