Yankees Set Rotation For ALCS, Masahiro Tanaka Gets Game 1

Yankees Set Rotation For ALCS, Masahiro Tanaka Gets Game 1

Yankees Set Rotation For ALCS, Masahiro Tanaka Gets Game 1

The next round begins Friday night, with the Houston Astros hosting the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. But he was quick to point out that Keuchel's success certainly hasn't been limited to games against NY.

That was a series built on production from the fringes of the Yankees lineup and, considering the length of the Astros' order, a repeat could be necessary and Frazier could be that sparkplug as he has a pair of home runs off Verlander and Charlie Morton in his career. The Astros and the Yankees have played each other in seven games in the regular season.

Masahiro Tanaka will start game one for the Yankees on Friday. "I mean, especially now seeing me and Bregman having so much success they are going to be more blocks of scouts going down there to find some talent", said Giles.

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. So if I wait until game three, you don't know if you're going to get there.

"Oh, he's a great player, and he's been for a number of years here", Girardi said. For the postseason, Yankees relievers have posted a 2.20 ERA while striking out 42 batters in 28 2/3 innings and limiting opposing hitters to a.153 batting average and a.474 OPS. He allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings in his second career postseason game.

Verlander's performance afforded the bullpen a five-run edge entering the seventh, which proved to be all the breathing room the home team needed.

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Skipper Girardi said that Tanaka has had a few really strong starts, as his last two were outstanding.

These pitchers will face two of the best hitters in the majors in Houston's Jose Altuve and NY rookie Aaron Judge. "I was so excited and I was like, 'OK, here we go.' It's not a secret that we had a good team before him, before trading for him, but after we did that it's like, 'OK, now we go, now we got everything we need.' And I was really happy we got him".

One key stat to know: There's no effective way to pitch Altuve, which is why he rates as the AL MVP frontrunner.

"I just couldn't get out of my head: 'I didn't think I'd be here".

The 25-year-old Judge isn't daunted by his hard postseason. But Judge has had a tough time, going just 1 for 20 with 16 strikeouts in the five-game win over Cleveland.

In that series, Tanaka pitched for NY in Game 3 allowing 3 hits, while striking out 7 and walking 1 in New York's 1-0 win. The two teams will play Game 2 Saturday (Oct. 14) at 3 p.m.

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