The Yankees managed to erase a 2-0 series deficit and advance to the ALCS, which is great news for Yankees fans and even better news for Aaron Judge, who has a lot less attention on him today than he would if the Yankees had fallen last night. Houston is a -180 favorite to win Game 1 and NY is a +155 underdog. The Indians also held home-field advantage and used it to go up 2-0 on the Yankees early in the series.
Judge was extremely excited about being four wins away from the World Series.
Verlander won all five regular-season starts for Houston with a sparkling 1.06 ERA.
Once in Cleveland, the Yankees were carried by Didi Gregorius, who hit two home runs in the first three innings to give NY a 3-0 lead. Gray is 3-7 with a 3.11 ERA in 72 1/3 road innings this year. This bullpen gives them a distinct advantage late in the game, as the Astros' mediocre relief pitching put them 17th in Major League Baseball with a 4.17 ERA, and they followed that up with 10 runs allowed over 16.1 innings in their ALDS matchup with the Boston Red Sox. Keuchel had a 1.12 WHIP with 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings in the regular season. Games 1 and 2 will be played at Minute Maid Park.
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.
Didi Gregorius hit three home runs during the ALDS for NY, while Greg Bird added a pair of home runs.
Aaron Judge did make a game-saving catch in Game 3 and delivered a key two-run double in Game 4. 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 Bombers could also go with Masahiro Tanaka, who has struck out 22 combined in his last two starts, though both of those came at home, where the righty has better splits. It's what happened in the wild-card game, as well as Game 5 of the ALDS.
The Astros are the nation's sentimental favorites after what Hurricane Harvey did to Houston, and they have never won a World Series.
In facing the Yankees, the Astros will be nearly be facing themselves. 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.