Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

The Astros are playing in their first Championship Series since 2005, when they reached the World Series as a National League team.

It's a grind for any team, but by the time they arrived in Houston, the ALDS was behind the Yankees.

Unlike the pitcher, manager A.J. Hinch didn't shy away from singing Keuchel's praises for his work against the Yankees. The Francona logic was that in the five-game format, with built-in travel days after Games 2 and 4, both Bauer and Kluber would be on regular rest in any Game 5. But he was quick to point out that Keuchel's success certainly hasn't been limited to games against NY. I didn't think I'd be back in Cleveland at all, ' " the longtime Yankees analyst said Thursday morning after arriving in Houston overnight. "And to be honest with you, when Dallas is right, he's confident against anybody. Then after that is where it gets a little thought-provoking, I guess". According to ESPN Stats & Info, it marked the second time in 181 career starts that Sale gave up six extra-base hits. Verlander, who was acquired on August 31, made his first career relief appearance to help eliminate the Red Sox in Game 4 on Monday.

"Keuchel and Verlander are going to go one and two in that order", Hinch told reporters. The Yankees' bullpen - with the exception of a Game 2 collapse against the Indians - has been dominant.

"I have a ton of confidence in him", Girardi said of Tanaka.

Tanaka was 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA in 30 regular-season starts. He bounced back this year despite neck issues, posting a 14-5 record with a 2.90 ERA to help the Astros run away with the AL West title. That made him 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in four postseason appearances with three starts. "We hand him the ball and the entire room knows we have a chance to win". The Astros bullpen is good, but not spectacular, so you might likewise see starters in relief depending on the situation, just as we saw Verlander pitch in relief against Boston on Monday. He allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings in his second career postseason game.

"He's had some really big starts, his last two starts have been outstanding", Joe Girardi said of Tanaka. In 17 at-bats, Judge has only hit into play four times, including just one home run. NY has been propelled by the home run machine, rookie Aaron Judge. Jose Altuve might be the AL MVP, and Carlos Correa and George Springer were arguably among the 10 best AL position players.

Altuve has kept up his blistering pace in the postseason, where he's hitting.533 with three homers and four RBIs. Houston pitchers this season have actually quelled Judge.

The 25-year-old Judge isn't daunted by his hard postseason. "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.

The manager's miscues from Game 2 of the AL Division Series no longer mattered, all thanks to the battling baby Bronx Bombers.

In the other AL series game, Aaron Judge capped a four-run second inning with a two-run double, and NY capitalized on shoddy defense by Cleveland to even the AL Division Series at two games apiece.