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Updated: 2017-10-18T19:32:47-05:00

 



Yankees 5, Astros 0: Offense put Astros’ season on the brink

2017-10-18T19:32:47-05:00

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Welcome to your worst nightmare...

The Houston Astros’ 2-0 lead in the American League Champion Series feels like a lifetime ago.

The New York Yankees defeated the Astros 5-0 in game five of the ALCS to take a 3-2 lead in the series.

The Yankees finally got to Dallas Keuchel and the Astros Cy Young award winner was out-dueled by Masahiro Tanaka. Keuchel gave up allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. Tanaka pitched seven scoreless innings, while striking out eight and walking one.

The Astros struggles with runners in scoring position continued. Houston was 0-for-6 with runner’s scoring position entering the ninth inning before Carlos Correa hit a meaningless double.

The Yankees young starts came through in the clutch for New York. Aaron Judge drove in a run with a double in the third and Gary Sanchez hit a home run off Brad Peacock in the seventh, Sanchez had two RBIs.

Plain and simple the Yankees stepped up in game five and the Astros didn’t. The series isn’t over, Houston has two more games at home. That is the Astros’ only hope.




ALCS 2017: Astros, Yankees Game 5 starting lineups

2017-10-18T14:30:00-05:00

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Who will McCullers face in game one?

Today's Lineups

HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES
George Springer - CF Brett Gardner - LF
Josh Reddick - RF Aaron Judge - RF
Jose Altuve - 2B Gary Sanchez - C
Carlos Correa - SS Didi Gregorius - SS
Yulieski Gurriel - 1B Aaron Hicks - CF
Alex Bregman - 3B Starlin Castro - 2B
Carlos Beltran - DH Greg Bird - 1B
Marwin Gonzalez - LF Todd Frazier - 3B
Brian McCann - C Chase Headley - DH
Dallas Keuchel - LHP Masahiro Tanaka - RHP

The Houston Astros and manager A.J. Hinch will go down swinging without making any major changes to the lineup. Hinch will again roll out Josh Reddick at the top of the lineup and Carlos Beltran at designated hitter.

The Astros have the same lineup as Game Four with arguably the best six batters against a right-handed pitcher in the top six spots.

The Yankees push Gary Sanchez back to catcher and put Chase Headley back to designated hitter. Headley has one home run and eight strikeouts in his career against Keuchel.




2017 ALCS Game 5 Preview: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

2017-10-18T10:00:00-05:00

Lance McCullers to the rescue. 2017 American League Championship Series, Game 5 Houston Astros (2-2) vs. New York Yankees (2-2), Oct. 18, 2017, 4:08 p.m. CDT Location: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New YorkTV: FS1 Radio: Streaming on MLB At Bat app, 790 KBME AM, ESPN Deportes 1230Online: MLB.TV, Fox Sports GoYankees SBNation Blog: Pinstripe Alley Pitching Matchup LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.71 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, .250 BABIP, 2.12 xFIP in the playoffs) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 1.38 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, .206 BABIP, 3.45 xFIP in the playoffs) Preview WHAT THE HELL? The Astros at one point led the American League Championship Series 2-0. And led game four 4-0? WHAT HAPPENED? Well the Yankees happened. A team that stats-wise was equal to the Astros. A team that has name-brands in three of their four starting pitching spots. The Baby Bombers showed their potential in three games. But all is not lost. The Astros still have the arguably the deepest lineup in baseball and Dallas Keuchel start in Game 5. Dallas Keuchel has straight up owned the Yankees, especially in the playoffs. Keuchel is 6-2 with a 1.09 ERA with 62 strikeouts and eight walks in eight career starts (two playoff starts). The 1.09 ERA is the lowest all-time against the Yankees in at least 50 innings pitched against New York. Keuchel has pitched 13 scoreless innings in two playoff starts. Masahiro Tanaka, the $155 million dollar man, has been worth every dollar in the 2017 playoffs. Tanaka allowed two runs over six innings in game one against the Astros. But Tanaka is 0-2 with 10.38 ERA in four regular season career starts against the Astros. The Astros will either get to the norm against Tanaka in game 5 or we can start talking choke with Houston. Hitting trends Starlin Castro and Chase Headley each have eight strikeouts against Keuchel. Aaron Hicks is 2-for-11 with a home run and Aaron Judge is 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Carlos Correa is 5-for-10 with a two home runs and George Springer is 4-for-9 with two home runs against Tanaka. Keys to success Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve The heart of the Astros lineup hasn’t been able to get it going in New York. Yes, the Yankees are pitching around both players and both players are pressing with less-than-ideal pitches. But Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have had their big games in The Bronx, it's time for Correa and Altuve to punch back. Brad Peacock Peacock will likely be the first pitcher called upon out of the pen if Keuchel struggles. Peacock is 0-0 with a 16.20 ERA in two relief appearances at Yankee Stadium (3 ER, 1 2⁄3 IP). Dallas Keuchel The Astros need a Cy Young level start to save the Astros season. Plain and simple. In Keuchel, we trust. [...]



Astros-Yankees ALCS: How to watch Game 5, live streaming, TV Info, starting pitchers

2017-10-18T09:00:00-05:00

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Prepare for some poor broadcasting.

2017 American League Championship Series, Game 5

Houston Astros (2-2) vs. New York Yankees (2-2), Oct. 18, 2017, 4:08 p.m. CDT

Location: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York
TV: FS1
Radio: Streaming on MLB At Bat app, 790 KBME AM, ESPN Deportes 1230
Online: MLB.TV, Fox Sports Go
Yankees SBNation Blog: Pinstripe Alley

Pitching Matchup

LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 0.71 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, .250 BABIP, 2.12 xFIP in the playoffs) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 1.38 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, .206 BABIP, 3.45 xFIP in the playoffs)

Astros at home

Watch Parties - All Postseason Away Games

Cheer on the Astros when they are on the road at the Official Astros Postseason Watch Parties at Minute Maid Park! Each away game will be shown on the videoboard in the stadium and out on the Plaza on Crawford Street. Don't miss out on all of the action! Fans must claim a FREE admissions voucher in order to attend the event.

WHERE: Minute Maid Park - Crawford Street

WHEN: Every Astros Postseason Away Game

TIME: TBD - See below for most up-to-date information

Monday, October 16th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | First Pitch: 7:08pm CT

Tuesday, October 17th | Time TBD

Wednesday, October 18th | Time TBD*

*if necessary

PARKING: Parking will be available in Astros Controlled Lots for a fee.

WHAT:

Live music

Food trucks

Face painters

Caricature artists

Appearances from Shooting Stars, Shuttle Crew and Orbit

Inflatables

Photo booth

Bar games

Access to team store

*Activities are subject to change




Houston Astros News: October 18, 2017

2017-10-18T06:00:00-05:00

Houston Astros news and notes from around the league for Wedesday, October 18, 2017. Houston Astros News Yankees rally late to beat Astros in Game 4, tie ALCS | NewsdayA two-games-to-none deficit to the defending American League champion Indians in the Division Series didn’t faze the Yankees. Neither did the same hole they found Astros’ weakness rears its ugly head at worst possible time | New York PostThe biggest crack in the Astros’ pursuit of their first World Series title could be seen all year. Now, the weak link may bring their season crumbling... Aaron Judge seals decision, powers Yankees' series-tying win - SweetSpot- ESPNWith New York trailing late, the rookie homered, doubled and scored to take the lead to key the Baby Bombers' latest thrilling October comeback. 3 clear signs the Astros are choking | NJ.comThe Houston Astros took what looked like a commanding lead over the New York Yankees, only to watch them tie things at 2-all in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. ALCS: Yankees rally late to stun Astros, even series 2-2Breaking down Game 4 of the AL Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Houston Astros reflect on crushing Game 4 loss to New York Yankees - SweetSpot- ESPNAfter seeing a 4-0 lead slip away in Game 4, the Astros need to remember all the things they did right during a 101-win regular season. Yankees come back late to beat the Astros 6-4 and even ALCS at two wins apiece - LA TimesThe New York Yankess defeat the Houston Astros, 6-4, to even the ALCS. MLB News The Cubs are a loss away from remembering how hard it is to win - SBNation.comThe Cubs scratched and clawed to get to the NLCS. Then they bled out NLCS 2017: Yu Darvish’s RBI walk in Game 3 was beautiful - SBNation.comWhat a time to be alive. NLCS results 2017: Dodgers beat Cubs 6-1 in Game 3 at Wrigley Field - SBNation.comThe Cubs now face a near-impossible comeback. Highlights from the Dodgers’ NLCS Game 3 win over the Cubs - SBNation.comThe Dodgers still haven’t lost a postseason game, and the Cubs couldn’t change that. Highlights from Yankees’ ALCS Game 4 win over Astros - SBNation.comThe Yankees evened up the ALCS and shortened it to a best-of-3 series. Ken Griffey Jr’s statue outside Safeco Field vandalized, bat stolen - SBNation.comPolice have apprehended the suspect and recovered the bat. [...]



Yankees 6, Astros 4: Astros bullpen meltdown ties ALCS at 2-2

2017-10-17T20:00:00-05:00

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No one ever said it was going to be easy

The Houston Astros entered the bottom of the seventh inning, leading 4-0. Lance McCullers Jr. had been proving the fact that he was right up there with Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander for six innings.

Then Aaron Judge caught a breaking ball over the plate and everything became a blur. When Wednesday’ American League Champion Series was over, the Yankees had stormed back to win 6-4 and ties the series at 2-2.

And when the dust finally settled the Astros learned two things: Houston has major questions with its struggling offense and bullpen had turned into a ragging dumpster fire.

The one highlights from Game 4 was Yuli Gurriel’s three-run double in the sixth. The Astros finally got a key hit in Yankee Stadium in the ALCS. Before the Judge home run, McCullers allowed just one hit while walking two and striking out three.

The bad was almost all from the bullpen. Chris Devenski, Joe Musgrove, Ken Giles, and Luke Gregerson allowed five earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out none.

There is nothing more to add. The bullpen was terrible and the offense continues to struggle.




ALCS 2017: Astros, Yankees Game 4 starting lineups

2017-10-17T13:06:12-05:00

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Who will McCullers face in game one?

Today's Lineups

HOUSTON ASTROS NEW YORK YANKEES
George Springer - CF Brett Gardner - LF
Josh Reddick - RF Aaron Judge - RF
Jose Altuve - 2B Didi Gregorius - SS
Carlos Correa - SS Gary Sanchez - DH
Yulieski Gurriel - 1B Greg Bird - 1B
Alex Bregman - 3B Starlin Castro - 2B
Carlos Beltran - DH Aaron Hicks - CF
Marwin Gonzalez - LF Todd Frazier - 3B
Brian McCann - C Austin Romine - C
Lance McCullers - RHP Sonny Gray - RHP

The Houston Astros have again changed their lineup for Game 4. Gone are Cameron Maybin and Evan Gattis. In again are Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

The Astros are facing right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray and that means that Josh Reddick has been moved back up to the No. 2 spot. But Alex Bregman isn’t hitting at the bottom of the lineup this time as a corner move, Bregman is the No. 6 spot. While the struggling Marwin Gonzalez is batting No. 8, he is batting .125 (3x24) with one extra-base hit and two RBIs.

The biggest change for the Yankees is Austin Romine gets the call at catcher while Gary Sanchez is at designated hitter. Romine is likely out to help with Gray’s tough breaking pitches in the dirt.

Outside of that change the Yankees are still staying with the same top four in the lineup: Brett Gardener, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, and Sanchez.




2017 ALCS Game 4 Preview: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

2017-10-17T13:00:00-05:00

Lance McCullers to the rescue. 2017 American League Championship Series, Game 4 Houston Astros (2-1) vs. New York Yankees (1-2), Oct. 17, 2017, 4:08 p.m. CDT Location: Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New YorkTV: FS1 Radio: Streaming on MLB At Bat app, 790 KBME AM, ESPN Deportes 1230Online: MLB.TV, Fox Sports GoYankees SBNation Blog: Pinstripe Alley Pitching Matchup RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-4, 4.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, .330 BABIP, 3.17 xFIP) vs. RHP Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .269 BABIP, 3.76 xFIP) Preview Baseball is a weird sport. Somedays pitching and defense is enough to win ballgames. Other every bit of contact finds green earth and tough pitches get knocked out for home runs. The playoffs weren’t going to be easy. The SI cover didn’t mean the the Astros were going to automatically win the World Series. It only meant that the Astros had set themselves up to be success in 2017 and clearly have. It is not time to panic after one game. Of course, the Yankees could be saying the same thing. But the Astros could get one win away from the World Series and setup themselves up Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in Game 5 and Game 6 if needed. The Astros are still in the driver’s seat. The team just needs a strong outing from Lance McCullers. McCullers has struggled after the All-Star break while dealing with lower back discomfort that sent him to the disabled list multiple times. He was only able to make six starts and was 0-2 with a 8.23 ERA. McCullers appeared once out of the bullpen during the ALDS against the Red Sox, allowing two earned runs on three hits over three innings. Overall, the Astros righty is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two career playoff games. McCullers last pitched as a starter on September 30, allowing five runs on six hits over 4 1⁄3 innings against Boston. McCullers has had plenty of success against the Yankees. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three career starts over his three major league seasons. He is 2-0 with 2.38 ERA in two starts in 2017, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits hits over 11 1⁄3 innings. The Astros will face a familiar foe for the Yankees. Sonny Gray makes his second playoff start for the Yankees in 2017 after being the biggest addition for New York at the trade deadline. Gray allowed three runs on three hits over 3 1⁄3 innings in his one outing against the Indians. Gray is 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA in nine career starts against the Astros. He is has only face Houston twice since 2015, allowing 6 earned runs over 10 innings while striking out 10. Continuing with his career stats, Gray is 2-3 with a 5.30 ERA in six career starts at Yankee Stadium. Hitting trends Gray, a former member of the Athletics, has a long track record against many of the Astros. Jose Altuve is 11-for-30 with four strikeouts. George Springer is 4-for-16 with a home run and Carlos Beltran is 4-for-11 with two doubles. Only one Yankee has hit McCullers well with a larger sample of career at-bats. Didi Gregorius is 5-for-8 with a double and one strikeout. Brett Gardner is 3-for-9 with a double and two strikeouts. Aaron Judge is 2-for-4 with a double. Keys to success Lance McCullers This is obvious. But McCullers must have a strong start to get the Astros a stranglehold on this series. McCullers hasn’t been “right” on the mound for a while. A long rest could be exactly what the doctor order in order use him for one or two more starts. Bullpen Collin McHugh saved the Astros bullpen in game three. Chris Devenski and Ken Giles will again have to be strong to help close out the game if called upon. Josh Reddick Jose Altuve is going to do his thing or the Yankees will put him. Josh Reddick has to make the Yankees pay for it in the No. 2 spot of the lineup. Reddick is batting .158 (12x76) with 14 strikeouts in 26 career games at Yankee Stadium. [...]