Astros: Three Roster Bubble Questions for the ALCS

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting his second home run during the third inning of Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (David Richard | USA TODAY Sp

Dallas Keuchel pitched a shutout at Yankee Stadium in the 2015 AL Wild-Card Game, and the Astros went on to lose a five-game series to the eventual champion Kansas City Royals. Altuve hit three home runs in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox, ending the series with a 1.765 OPS.

The median ticket price for Game 1 increased by 47 percent overnight, and Game 2 prices went up by 43 percent on SeatGeek. He attributed that to the attraction of the Yankees plus the certainty of knowing that the first two games of the series would be played in Houston.

The fulcrum in the series with Cleveland was the stellar starting pitching by the Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino, and they likely will go in Games 2 and 3 after Sonny Gray starts Game 1. He gave up one earned run on three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks over 5 2/3 innings during a 8-2 win over Boston in Game 1 of the ALDS. Pictured: Didi Gregorius celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the American League Divisional Series at Progressive Field on October 11, 2017 in Cleveland. In his 162.2 innings and 10-12 record this year, Gray put up a 3.54 ERA with 153 Ks. NY blew a five-run lead in Game 2, with manager Joe Girardi making mistake after mistake.

-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.

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Judge hit a home run in the Yankees' victory over the Twins in the AL wild-card game. Houston will also run out Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36), Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00) and Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62). Still, New York scored 51 runs to the Astros' 43. They have the American League MVP in second baseman Jose Altuve and get to play the first two games, and if there is a seventh game, in Houston. The team that made the Fall Classic out of the American League in 1921? Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman both had two home runs to help lead Houston to the series win.

The Astros are the nation's sentimental favorites after what Hurricane Harvey did to Houston, and they have never won a World Series. The Astros took five of seven from the Yankees in the regular season, and I'll take Houston to keep that trend going. NY might win a couple games in the ALCS when hitters like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are able to carry them, but ultimately it's hard to envision Houston not winning the series.

Altuve hit.346 in the regular season to win his second straight AL batting title and third in four years.

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