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Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

Keuchel, who ended the Yankees' previous postseason experience in the 2015 wild-card game, will start Game 1 after Verlander closed out the Red Sox in the ALDS.

Which isn't to say that they're some historic Cinderella story. Counting the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees have survived elimination in four games. In 17 at-bats, Judge has only hit into play four times, including just one home run. They're a strong match for the Astros and this ALCS appears to be an utter tossup. The Astros strike out less, far less, than any other team in baseball, and that's largely a function of them not being intimidated by the sort of heat that pervades the game these days. That was mostly thanks to Aaron Judge's prowess, but when he slumped badly after the All-Star break, they picked him up and did so again in the ALDS.

Luis Severino will start Game 2 on Saturday. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for NY, which is in the championship series for the first time since 2012. All of the Astros hitters have been tearing it up, in fact, with Yuli Gurriel, Carlos Beltran, Correa, Alex Bregman and Springer all hitting well so far this October. "And a couple high-end starting pitching outings won them the series".

Ace Dallas Keuchel will start for the Astros against Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. In Game 4, their pitchers' fastballs averaged a staggering 98 miles per hour, never once dipping below 96 - and that was with Chapman, who sometimes touches 102 and 103 miles per hour, not even participating.

"So, look, having Verlander and Keuchel in the decision that goes one, two, the fact that we have both is a huge advantage for us". Tanaka also twirled seven shutout frames in his last start of the regular season, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0.

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It was hard to determine whether Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel was entertained or exhausted by the number of times he was asked the same question on Thursday, a query seeking perspective on his career success against the New York Yankees. None of the Yankees pitchers are likely to be go-on-short-rest candidates, so expect that rotation to hold.

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. And the Astros might need more arms to come in from the bullpen to get through it. The Astros will also have to contend with the Yankees pitching, which has proven to be solid in the bullpen. But the arrow is pointing upward for both franchises, which are here in large part because of a core of young players that is controllable for the next few seasons.

Coming in to the playoffs, it seemed like the Astros and Indians were the alpha dogs in the American League.

This is somewhat surprising as McHugh was left off the team's ALDS roster. This ALCS figures to be an epic matchup of power and heat.