Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

Astros add RHP McHugh for ALCS against New York Yankees

Justin Verlander has a 1.88 ERA in his last nine postseason starts dating back to 2012.

The prediction: After coming all the way back to vanquish the 102-win Indians on Wednesday night, the Yankees were flying so high that they barely needed a jet to get to Houston. "They're aggressive on the base paths, so you have to control that".

The main task for the Astros is to get ahead early, as they did in Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS against Boston, with the top of the order remaining hot.

"There's so many young guys on this team that maybe they don't realize they are supposed to lose", Singleton said. It was the same result when Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro and Greg Bird all went down for significant stretches. It will be a challenge for the 25-year-old MVP co-favorite to rediscover his swing in such a short amount of time. The rate of missed swings against those pitches was 27 percent, second-highest in Major League Baseball.

By virtue of his home run hat trick, Altuve became the ninth player in MLB history to smack a trio of jacks in a postseason game, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

If the Astros win: They will keep rolling, especially at home, where they outscored the Boston Red Sox by a 16-4 margin in the first two games of their division series.

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Biggest Horses: Expect the Astros to ride their biggest horses in this series - Verlander, Keuchel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer.

Gray has thrown just 3 1/3 innings for the Yankees since September 28 so he threw a simulated game on Thursday at Houston Minute Maid Park.

In seven career starts against the Yankees, regular and postseason combined, he is 5-2 with a 1.24 ERA and 52 strikeouts against only seven walks in 50 2/3 innings, a stretch that includes six shutout innings against them in the 2015 A.L. wild card game, which the Astros won.

The Yankees threw 4,826 pitches 95 miles per hour or higher, the most in the AL.

"The Yankees pitching isn't mediocre, but this team that they are facing now is even more powerful and potent than Cleveland".

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