ALCS Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka to start for New York Yankees vs

Yankees ALCS roster: Matt Holliday starts at designated hitter in Game 1 vs. Astros

Both Bregman and Giles had to work very hard to get to where they are today, but they believe that even though they are just two of the three New Mexico-bred players in the Major League Baseball, more will come.

The best-of-seven series will feature the two highest-scoring offenses in baseball this season - with the Astros' 896 runs representing the most by any team in almost a decade - as well as the two bullpens with the highest strikeout rates. I didn't think I'd be back in Cleveland at all, ' " the longtime Yankees analyst said Thursday morning after arriving in Houston overnight. "There's really not a weakness on either side". The last time the Astros made it to a championship series was back in 2005, and that was before their 2013 switch over to the American League. 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. On the other hand, Aaron Judge struck out in 16 of his 20 at-bats versus the Indians.

Jose Altuve just hit his second home run. Often, their first pinch-hitter off the bench is Carlos Beltran, a future Hall-of-Famer with 435 career homers.

Prediction: Astros in six games.

"Extremely talented offensively", Girardi said of the Astros. "I think certain veterans on the team steer them in the right direction, too, like CC Sabathia". In other words, they've become very disciplined at the plate and are aggressive about it.

Keuchel v. The Yanks: Dallas Keuchel starts Game 1.

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Hinch sees Keuchel and Verlander as 1A and 1B in his rotation, so who pitched first wasn't that big of a deal to him. But short of intentionally walking him, as the Red Sox did twice in Game 2 of the division series, taking care to not give him anything to hit early in the count would seem to be the way to go.

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.

"I know there's a confidence level", Hinch said. "Good luck, I guess". Every member of that quintet ranked among the top 12 relievers in baseball this season in strikeout rate, with Betances - who isn't being used in high-leverage spots these days due to command issues - leading the way, at 15.08 whiffs per nine innings.

"There's so many young guys on this team that maybe they don't realize they are supposed to lose", Singleton said. "They probably don't throw a ball under 95 [mph]". A lot of that has to do with the Brooklyn Dodgers losing six Series (winning one) against the Yankees from 1941-56).

The Astros tacked on two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run single from catcher Brian McCann, which was more than enough cushion for a pitching staff that was generally sharp.

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