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If the Yankees win, great, as my series bet will be looking really good; if not, I won't panic as they have plenty of time to come back in this best-of-seven series like they did in the best-of-five ALDS.
Verlander won all five regular-season starts for Houston with a sparkling 1.06 ERA.
The Astros, by virtue of winning their ALDS in four, will have been off for three days before they face NY, giving their bullpen (which certainly wasn't overtaxed) time to regroup.
After going down two games to none to start their ALDS journey, the New York Yankees pulled off a remarkable three-game about-face against a Cleveland team afflicted by melted-down pitching. First pitch is scheduled for 8:08pm ET, the game will air on Fox Sports 1. Houston is a -180 favorite to win Game 1 and NY is a +155 underdog. NY was down 0-2 in the five-game series, but avoided elimination three times. Keuchel had a 1.12 WHIP with 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings in the regular season.
Right-hander Justin Verlander has looked rejuvenated since the Astros acquired the 34-year-old in a trade from the Detroit Tigers on August 31.
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-David Robertson came out of the bullpen in the fifth to give NY the first 2 2/3 innings of 4 2/3 innings of no-hit relief.
Rounding out the Yankees rotation are Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA), Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98) and CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69).
In Keuchel's lone postseason appearance this year, he went 5.2 innings with three hits and one earned run for a victory in Game 2. He finished the series 8-for-15 with four walks.
Didi Gregorius hit three home runs during the ALDS for NY, while Greg Bird added a pair of home runs. Gardner had three hits, a run and a key RBI in the ninth on Wednesday in Game 5, but Judge came up empty 0-for-5 with four Ks. The Yankees weren't supposed to be in contention this soon while the Astros are in a window where they're expected to make a deep run and finally win the franchise's first title. Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman both had two home runs to help lead Houston to the series win. Just four years ago, the Houston Astros were capping a fourth straight 100-loss season. But the lineup of the Astros is a minefield to navigate through and it's hard to see them being slowed down for an entire series as Boston found out very quickly. They were good enough to give Houston 101 regular-season wins, and they only didn't finish with the AL's best record because the Cleveland Indians went on a record-setting winning streak.
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