Why Masahiro Tanaka is the most important Yankee in the ALCS

The Yankees are built for the future thanks to young stars like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez

Game 1 is set for an 8:08 p.m. ET first pitch and will be shown live on FS1, which you can find locally here.

Didi Gregorius put the Yankees on his back in the Yankees' ALDS win over the Indians.

. The Francona logic was that in the five-game format, with built-in travel days after Games 2 and 4, both Bauer and Kluber would be on regular rest in any Game 5. The designated hitter hasn't played since rolling his ankle in the first inning of Game 2, though Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters in Cleveland before the team's workout Tuesday he thought Encarnacion would return for Wednesday's Game 5. That's exactly how it worked out. Lastly, two of the 4.2 innings that the Astros' bullpen was called on to pitch on Monday were handled by Justin Verlander - a starting pitcher.

Game 2, at Houston. If, however, the team wins despite a short, quick outing from its starter, we'll still have reason to be pessimistic about New York's hopes for the remainder of the series.

Dallas Keuchel is exhausted of talking about his success against the New York Yankees. For the time being, however, the advantage clearly rests in the hands of NY.

So, this season marks the first trip to the ALCS for the Astros, and it is also the first trip for two local guys on the roster.

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Game 7 @ Houston, Saturday, Oct. 21, Time TBD. They are particularly susceptible to the long ball, having given up 77 home runs this season, the 11th most in the majors and the most of any bullpen left in the playoffs.

The Astros tacked on two runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run single from catcher Brian McCann, which was more than enough cushion for a pitching staff that was generally sharp.

The Yankees deadline moves are paying off, with closer Aroldis Chapman and erratic setup man Dellin Betances aided by power arms David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green.

The Yankees will look to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win an ALDS for the second time. Chris Devenski, Luke Gregerson, Joe Musgrove and left-hander Francisco Liriano don't scare anyone. But Judge has had a tough time, going just 1 for 20 with 16 strikeouts in the five-game win over Cleveland.

The Astros had three position starters in the ALDS vs. the Red Sox with an OPS above 1.000 - Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel and George Springer. We asked the Astros players what they do and some were quite simple things like waking up early or waking up late, but Carlos Correa? In its four playoff games, Houston has slashed at.333/.402/.527 and hit eight home runs. Both teams are capable of producing big and sudden run totals.

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