"It's good to watch, it's very refreshing to watch", said Beltran, who was sent from NY to Texas at the trade deadline last summer and then returned to Houston in free agency.
There are a good number of well-known Astros, including Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer, but one of the secret weapons on offense is Yuli Gurriel, who led the majors with a 25 percent hard-hit rate. He allowed three hits and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory. "We felt like that we could win this series, but we knew it was going to be tough", said Astros manager AJ Hinch. Surely, the Astros were taking notes.
In no way is Judge viewed as a larger-than-life character among this unlikely group of Yankees, a team that is motivated and in the process of turning the 2017 post-season on its ear.
Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74) vs.
"Oh, he's a great player, and he's been for a number of years here", Girardi said. Both teams are capable of producing big and sudden run totals. Of course, we still have a serious World Series drought in the mix, as the Astros have yet to win one in their 55 years of existence, giving them the third longest drought in the Major League Baseball. While the Yanks were embarking on their improbable comeback against the Indians, the Astros were at home eating popcorn. After Ken Giles, Chris Devenski and Will Harris, things peter out a bit, although Peacock in a relief role (pitching as well as he has recently before the ALDS as a starter) gives them some depth.
The Yankees did crush a pitcher with a 1.80 ERA against them in Corey Kluber, but the advantage that Keuchel has over Kluber is that he had previously faced and beaten the Yankees in postseason. Yankees' 23-year-old Luis Severino needed a start to shake off his postseason nerves before hurling a dominant outing in his next stint.
He built off that in his first start this postseason when he yielded three hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings to help Houston to an 8-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS.
The Yankees threw 4,826 pitches 95 miles per hour or higher, the most in the AL. When the dust had settled on the series, Kluber had a 12.79 ERA, while offensive stars Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez were 2-for-18 and 2-for-20, respectively, just as exactly no one projected.
In 341 regular-season at-bats that ended before the pitcher got to two strikes against him, Altuve batted.446 with a.739 slugging percentage.
"I have a ton of confidence in him", Girardi said of Tanaka. "Good luck, I guess".
The Yankees will look to rally from a 2-0 deficit to win an ALDS for the second time.
"Obviously he plays the game the right way, he plays extremely hard".
Astros manager A.J. Hinch sent Justin Verlander to the mound for Game 1 of an ALDS win over the Red Sox, but southpaw Dallas Keuchel will get the first crack against NY. Yankees hitters are 19-for-103 (.184) with four walks and 35 strikeouts against him. "I don't think who the names are or who the jersey is, he knows he can get anybody out in the league". I think when you look at them it's a complete lineup throughout. Even though they went down to a two game deficit right off the bat, NY was able to rattle off three wins in a row, with the clincher coming against potential Cy Young-winner Corey Kluber. Verlander has been impeccable on the mound since joining the Astros from the Tigers at the end of August, and he tossed six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against Boston.