Tanaka takes the mound in Game 1 for the Yankees vs the Astros

Masahiro Tanaka is starting Game 1 against the Houston Astros in the ALCS. In the rotation following Tanaka will be Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and then Sonny Gray in that order. That gives everyone except Gray two starts with CC pitching a potential Game 7.

For the Astros, Dallas Keuchel is starting Game 1 followed by Justin Verlander in Game 2. No word on who is going to pitch Game 3 or 4 yet. This could be a series where the Yankees face Keuchel three times.

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4 Responses to Tanaka takes the mound in Game 1 for the Yankees vs the Astros

  1. Jack says:

    Girardi is a terrible mgr. Bird hits HR in 9th , Yanks trailing by1 run , 2 outs . Brings in a singles hitter Ellsbury to pinch hit for Holliday who can tie up the game with 1 swing. What the hell was he thinking???

  2. Steve S. says:

    I usually don't agree with you, but I agree with you about this. Maybe he figured Ellsbury had a better shot at getting on base and once on base would have a better chance to score. If he gets on Girardi had to be thinking Frazier could drive him in with a double. He already got burned earlier with a slow runner (Bird). Speaking of Bird, I don't want to take anything away from what he's doing, but he's pulling too much. When he first came up in 2015 he was hitting with power to left center. It appears he's been fully seduced by the short wall in right field. Eventually, if this continues it will be a negative for him in my opinion. Getting back to Holliday, I think he should be in there every day, but he's not playing today. His timing looks awful and I guess Girardi doesn't have the belief, patience or guts to wait for him to get in sync.

  3. Jack says:

    When you get into the playoffs , you are going to see great starting pitching. The Yanks have lost 2 games by the identical 2to1 score . Clueless joe has to make something happen and put pressure on the defense . Bunt , steal a base, hit and run, take a pitch, take one for the team, choke up with 2 strikes, hit the ball the other way, slash. All I see are the hitters swinging so hard they are either falling to one knee or falling out of the batters box. This is a team with a lot of youngsters and it is up to the mgr. and coaches to help them.

  4. hotdog says:

    At this moment the Yankees are up 3-2 in games. Is Girardi a terrible manager now or should that wait until after the weekend.

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