Collin McHugh on Astros' ALCS roster

MLB playoffs A.J. Hinch feels Keuchel Verlander give Astros 'huge advantage'

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.

Masahiro Tanaka, who shined in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians, will oppose Keuchel.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi paid respect to the Houston Astros, particularly second baseman Jose Altuve.

Houston seems to have the upper hand entering Game 1 with Dallas Keuchel leading the charge on the mound.

The Astros are going with 12 pitchers and 13 position players for the best-of-seven series that starts Friday at Minute Maid Park. The Yankees' last ALCS appearance was in 2012. He tossed seven shut-out innings with seven strikeouts in a game three win over the Indians.

But if the Astros have never faced a bullpen such as the Yankees' - simply because one this deep and talented has never existed before this season, and these teams last met in early July - it is also true the Yankees' relievers have never faced a lineup quite like the Astros'. "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. It's not a stretch to imagine this series being decided by what happens when the Yankees' powerful bullpen goes to work against the most relentless offense in the game.

"I just couldn't get out of my head: 'I didn't think I'd be here". "They're aggressive on the base paths, so you have to control that".

The prediction: After coming all the way back to vanquish the 102-win Indians on Wednesday night, the Yankees were flying so high that they barely needed a jet to get to Houston. CC Sabathia will start Game 3 on Monday in NY. Look for experienced leadoff man Brett Gardner to set the tone in multiple games by putting together tough at-bats against the Houston pitching staff.

The Yankees have already lined up their starters through Game 4, with Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray following Tanaka, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

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