October 12, 2019
By StatementGames Team
2019 American League Championship Series – NYY Vs HOU – The Breakdown
New York Yankees (3-0)
Houston Astros (3–2)
TV: 8:08 p.m. ET, FOX.
Run Line: (NYY +1.5 / -155) (HOU -1.5 / +135)
Money Line: (NYY -159) (HOU +140)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Astros RH Zack Greinke (0-1, 14.73)
NYY Vs HOU – Hot Take
The New York Yankees and Houston Astros jockeyed for the top spot in the American League for much of the regular season, so it is only fitting that the two talent-laden clubs will meet in the American League Championship Series, which begins tonight in Houston. The Astros are seeking a return to the World Series for the second time in three years, when they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers after knocking off the Yankees in the ALCS in seven games.
“We’re ready for them,” Houston outfielder Josh Reddick told the media after his team finished off the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS on Thursday. “We know it’s going to be a good series. We know they’re a great ballclub, but we’re a better ballclub.” The home team won all seven games when the teams met in the 2017 ALCS, with the Astros clinching a berth in the World Series by holding the Yankees to a total of three runs in four games in Houston. The Astros will hope for similar results on the mound in Game 1 behind Zack Greinke, who struggled in his one outing against the Rays in the ALDS.
New York, which swept Minnesota out of its division series with a combined winning margin of 23-7, is beginning its MLB-leading 17th ALCS with Masahiro Tanaka on the mound Saturday. Tanaka continued to shine in the postseason with a win over the Twins last Saturday, allowing a run and three hits with seven strikeouts over five solid innings. He is 4-2 with a 1.54 ERA in six career starts in the playoffs, including two in the 2017 ALCS against Houston in which he let up just two runs across 13 total innings. The 30-year-old had a pair of quality starts against the Astros during the regular season.
Source – Gracenote
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