Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tickets for Astros' ALCS Game 1, 2 skyrocket

Tickets for Astros' ALCS Game 1, 2 skyrocket

Houston will be starting Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the ALCS. Judge and Altuve are two of the best offensive talents in the game of baseball, but the way they go about their craft is so different, and both players are a lesson in why it's impossible to evaluate in absolutely set ways. The lefty shut them down two years ago in the wild-card game in The Bronx.

The Astros lead the season series 5-2 and the total went under in the first two meetings, but since has gone over the last five times. Only 13 other teams have participated in the World Series in the last 10 years.

The Astros, by virtue of winning their ALDS in four, will have been off for three days before they face NY, giving their bullpen (which certainly wasn't overtaxed) time to regroup.

-David Robertson came out of the bullpen in the fifth to give NY the first 2 2/3 innings of 4 2/3 innings of no-hit relief. Masahiro Tanaka has been unhittable at Yankee Stadium, allowing six earned runs in 49 innings over his last seven home starts.

Hitting for power: The Yankees paced the majors with 241 homers during the season, but the Astros (238) were right behind them. NY was down 0-2 in the five-game series, but avoided elimination three times. Houston advanced to the ALCS by downing the Red Sox in four games in their ALDS series, clinching it with a 5-4 win Monday in Boston. If Sanchez gets untracked, he adds scary depth to the Yankees lineup from the cleanup spot, particularly if players like Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier can continue producing at the bottom of the Yankees lineup.

The Yankees rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Indians in the best-of-five series with a 5-2 win Wednesday night. They have the American League MVP in second baseman Jose Altuve and get to play the first two games, and if there is a seventh game, in Houston. Newly installed ace Justin Verlander hangs over the series. NY finished second behind Houston in runs, total bases and on-base percentage. The Indians also held home-field advantage and used it to go up 2-0 on the Yankees early in the series.

Joe Girardi has four relievers-Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman-that can change a game when one of New York's starters is in trouble. Judge finished the regular season by setting a record for most consecutive games with a strikeout, and he's wrapped up the first postseason action of his career by setting another similarly dubious record.

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