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Yankees to Send Masahiro Tanaka Against Astros in Game 1

Yankees to Send Masahiro Tanaka Against Astros in Game 1

Also, they will exact some revenge on Keuchel, who shut them out for six innings and outdueled Tanaka in the 2015 wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. 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. Sabathia, Luis Severino and Tanaka combined to give up seven runs in 23 ²/₃ innings before handing the ball over to a bullpen that dominated the final three games of the series. The key will be if they can get their starters to go deep into games - instead of lasting only to the third or fourth inning.

"He's had some really big starts, his last two starts have been outstanding", Joe Girardi said of Tanaka. That's seven homers allowed in his last 10 innings.

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The Red Sox will counter with Drew Pomeranz, who won a career-high 17 games and posted a 3.32 ERA during the regular season. In particular, it will bear watching how a Yankees bullpen loaded with hard-throwing relievers fares against an Astros offense that mashed heaters to the tune of.301/.373/.525 during the regular season. "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. Gonzalez only hit.200 in the ALDS, but he'll get more pitches to hit than those further up the lineup and a clutch hit or two could turn the tide of the series. "But I think it's just a coincidence that my command and location have been better than what it usually is against them". Games 1 and 2 will be played at Minute Maid Park. The New York Yankees completed their comeback Wednesday night, defeating the AL regular season leaders Cleveland Indians in Game 5. "Houston, all year long, led by [Jose] Altuve and [Carlos] Correa, those type of players have been just wonderful at putting those runs on the board and punishing mediocre pitching". The Astros will score early and ride Keuchel to a 5-2 victory.