MLB Playoffs 2017 Schedule: Yankees-Astros, Dodgers-Cubs Dates, Start Times, Channels

MLB Playoffs 2017 Schedule: Yankees-Astros, Dodgers-Cubs Dates, Start Times, Channels

And for fans? Just wear your orange and let the Astros pride shine. Through the regular season, the teams had almost identical run differentials, with NY checking in with +198 and Houston with +196. While the clutch stat doesn't offer much in the way of predictive power, the fact that he struggled mightily in the ALDS might at least raise some eyebrows about his ability to hit as a rookie in his first postseason appearance.

"Extremely talented offensively", Girardi said of the Astros. Surely, the Astros were taking notes.

It is game day for the Houston Astros.

In Game 1, they will send righthander Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA) to the mound looking for his second win this postseason.

"Cleveland pitchers did a great job, but he admitted he had pitches to hit and just missed them", Singleton said.

Beltran, the 40-year-old designated hitter in his 20th big league season, admits that he was a bit surprised at how quickly the youngsters developed.

Major League Baseball couldn't have asked for two better matchups in the championship series of the 2017 playoffs. While the Yanks were embarking on their improbable comeback against the Indians, the Astros were at home eating popcorn.

During the regular season, Houston was second in the league in home runs (238) and first in all three slash categories at.282/.346/.478.

Whether or not Houston "deserves" to win the series, of course, has nothing to do with what will actually happen.

But after the 102-win Indians played more like the pre-August versions of themselves in their ALDS games 3 and 4 losses at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and Monday, picking favorites isn't as clear-cut as it appeared.


The victory was not without drama, forcing a game five after winning two in a row. That's the real reason fans saw so numerous playoffs teams' quality starting pitchers - Justin Verlander, Chris Sale, Trevor Bauer, Jon Lester - called into relief duty in the best-of-five division series, guys that had started either Game 1 or 2.

One key stat to know: There's no effective way to pitch Altuve, which is why he rates as the AL MVP frontrunner.

Keuchel was 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA in the regular season and won his start against the Boston Red Sox in the Division Series, giving up one run in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Now that all playoff series in the next two rounds are back to a best-of-seven, starters will be back to being starters and the team's with the deepest rotations will be back to owning the series advantage. I didn't think I'd be back in Cleveland at all, ' " the longtime Yankees analyst said Thursday morning after arriving in Houston overnight.

The matchup that matters most: It's the postseason, so the bullpens will be a series-long storyline.

L.A. was the best team in baseball for most of the season. Yankees hitters are 19-for-103 (.184) with four walks and 35 strikeouts against him.

"I thought they just made a ton of good pitches on him", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Game one of the ALCS between the Yankees and Astros will be Friday at 6:08 p.m.in Houston, Texas.

Keuchel, who ended the Yankees' previous postseason experience in the 2015 wild-card game, will start Game 1 after Verlander closed out the Red Sox in the ALDS.

Bellinger and Austin Barnes homered off Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke while Japan's Darvish gave up one run and struck out seven in five-plus innings. In beating the Boston Red Sox in four games to advance to the ALCS, they averaged six runs per game and posted an OPS of.974.

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