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ALCS Game 7: New York Yankees vs Houston Astros

The Yankees and Astros face off in a winner-take-all game as they each eye a trip to the World Series


It does not get much better than this: Game 7, with a trip to the World Series on the line. After the Yankees took firm control of the series during the three games in New York, the Astros finally did what they had done all year: score runs.  

 

Pitching Matchup: CC Sabathia (LHP) vs Charlie Morton (RHP) 

 

The stage is set for a Game 3 rematch, which is great news for the Yankees. Morton gave up seven runs on six hits, including Todd Frazier’s three-run wall scraper home run, while striking out three and walking two in just 3.2 innings of work. Fortunately for the Astros, every pitcher, except Justin Verlander, will be available out of the bullpen tonight. This includes Dallas Keuchel. 

For the Yankees, they could not send out a pitcher better suited for a Game 7. Sabathia started Game 5 of the ALDS and looked dominant through the first four innings as he struck out nine hitters. Even though he gave up two runs on two hits in the fifth to end his appearance, the Yankees still should not worry. In Sabathia’s Game 3 appearance in this series, the big lefty threw six shutout innings while giving up only three hits to go with four walks and five strikeouts. 

 

Projected Lineups 

 Home runsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
George Springer, CF1.231.333
Alex Bregman, 3B2.184.244
Jose Altuve, 2B4.405.500
Carlos Correa, SS3.275.326
Yuli Gurriel, 1B0.378.425
Evan Gattis, DH0.250.381
Brian McCann, C0.133.212
Marwin Gonzalez, LF0.152.243
Josh Reddick, RF0.162.225

 

 Home RunsBatting AverageOn-Base Percentage
Brett Gardner, LF1.229.283
Aaron Judge, RF4.205.340
Didi Gregorius, SS3.273.373
Gary Sanchez, C3.204.216
Greg Bird, 1B3.243.440
Starlin Castro, 2B0.234.280
Aaron Hicks, CF1.205.255
Todd Frazier, 3B1.195.250
Chase Headley, DH0.259.286

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

Houston’s lineup finally steered the ship in the right direction last night. Jose Altuve broke his hitless spell last night and produced some important base hits. Altuve lined a two-out, two-run single to left in the fifth and hit a solo shot to left to lead off the eighth. Alex Bregman also recorded two hits last night, including a two-run double in the eighth. Meanwhile, Josh Reddick has still yet to record a hit in this series.  

For the Yankees, Chase Headley has kept swinging a hot bat. He was the only Yankees hitter who had any success against Verlander last night as he was the only one to get multiple base hits off of the right-hander. Aaron Judge also hit another home run. But the Yankees have a reason for concern. They have only scored three runs during the three games in Houston series.   

Prediction: Yankees 3, Astros 2

This game will be an all-time classic. The Astros will get their runs early off Sabathia in the middle innings, but when the Yankees turn to their bullpen, the Astros will offense will become quiet. The Yankees will respond with two runs of their own and they will find a way to score a late run and advance to the World Series. 

 

Where to Watch?

First pitch is scheduled for 8:08 pm EST on FS1.  

 

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Kevin Qualman

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ALCS Game 7: New York Yankees vs Houston Astros

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