Yankees, Astros Game 1 ALCS lineups | Joe Girardi makes big change

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

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

Cleveland:.286 average, 21 AB, 2 runs, 6 hits, 1 double, 0 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, 1 CS, 5 games.

Jeff Balke joins us for a quick preview of the series.

The best-of-seven series will feature the two highest-scoring offenses in baseball this season - with the Astros' 896 runs representing the most by any team in almost a decade - as well as the two bullpens with the highest strikeout rates. The last time the Astros got this far, it was 2005 - and they were in the National League.

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.

Starter Justin Verlander spearheaded the effort in his first postseason appearance since 2014 and scattered six hits over six innings while allowing just two earned runs.

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Matt Holliday is starting at designated hitter and batting eighth for the Yankees in Friday's ALCS Game 1 versus the Astros. In the past, he has owned the Yankees.

"When you think about the way he's been pitching lately, you think about him having the possibility of making two starts in a series". Verlander has been better - especially in the second half. In particular, it will bear watching how a Yankees bullpen loaded with hard-throwing relievers fares against an Astros offense that mashed heaters to the tune of.301/.373/.525 during the regular season.

"There's so many young guys on this team that maybe they don't realize they are supposed to lose", Singleton said.

Biggest Horses: Expect the Astros to ride their biggest horses in this series - Verlander, Keuchel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer. And while that can strike fear in a lot of teams, the Astros are the best fastball-hitting team in baseball.

"Extremely talented offensively", Girardi said of the Astros. The question will be whether they can continue to be that loose-swinging team when things are tight under the pressure of a World Series berth at stake.

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