Yankees, Astros Game 1 ALCS lineups | Joe Girardi makes big change

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrating a win

"There's really not a weakness on either side".

This is the sixth time McCann has gotten to the playoffs, the first time to a championship series.

2017 regular-season stats:.264 average, 594 AB, 96 runs, 157 hits, 26 doubles, 4 triples, 21 HR, 63 RBIs, 72 BB, 122 K, 23 SB, 5 CS, 151 games.

"Cleveland pitchers did a great job, but he admitted he had pitches to hit and just missed them", Singleton said. Verlander has been impeccable on the mound since joining the Astros from the Tigers at the end of August, and he tossed six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against Boston. "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. "They're going to hit their home runs, but they're going to do a lot of other things offensively, so you need to make pitches".

Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the ALCS Friday night, and Altuve couldn't have been more pleased.

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.

Starter Justin Verlander spearheaded the effort in his first postseason appearance since 2014 and scattered six hits over six innings while allowing just two earned runs.

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 have a ton of confidence in him", Girardi said of Tanaka. "I love being able to represent them and I try and play, I play hard everyday all the people that have helped me in New Mexico to get to this point", said Houston third baseman Alex Bregman. 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. He's 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA in the postseason. The Dodgers would tie them for the latter mark if they got into the Series and lost it this year. "They probably don't throw a ball under 95 [mph]".

Where do the Astros advantages in this series lie? It's not a stretch to imagine this series being decided by what happens when the Yankees' powerful bullpen goes to work against the most relentless offense in the game.

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