Collin McHugh on Astros' ALCS roster

Brandon Parsons
October 14, 2017

Judge, the 6-foot-7 rookie right fielder, hit an AL-best 52 homers this year.

Fifty-six per cent of fastballs over 97 m.p.h. this post-season have been thrown by Yankees, and in an all-hands-on-deck series, Chapman better be prepared for more two-inning saves as was the case in Game 5 of the ALDS.

Tanaka pitched a stellar outing in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians when the Yankees were facing elimination. Surely, the Astros were taking notes.

Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh is on the team's roster for their ALCS matchup against the New York Yankees. The last time the Astros made it to a championship series was back in 2005, and that was before their 2013 switch over to the American League. But the arrow is pointing upward for both franchises, which are here in large part because of a core of young players that is controllable for the next few seasons. While the Yanks were embarking on their improbable comeback against the Indians, the Astros were at home eating popcorn.

The Yankees will need that resolve again with the Astros perhaps even a tougher opponent than the Indians.

McHugh, who went 5-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 12 starts during an injury-plagued season, had been the odd-man out when manager A.J Hinch went with only 11 pitchers for their AL Division Series win over Boston.

Biggest Horses: Expect the Astros to ride their biggest horses in this series - Verlander, Keuchel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer. Right-hander Justin Verlander will start Game 2.

"For that win in the wild-card game, it wasn't just special for me and the validation, it was special for everybody to go into NY and play that well", he said. "Good luck, I guess". He defeated the Yankees in the 2015 AL Wild Card game with six scoreless innings.

By virtue of his home run hat trick, Altuve became the ninth player in MLB history to smack a trio of jacks in a postseason game, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. Sonny Gray will take the mound for Game 4. 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 love being able to represent them and I try and play, I play hard everyday all the people that have helped me in New Mexico to get to this point", said Houston third baseman Alex Bregman.

Ken Singleton had witnessed the Yankees' resilience all season long and yet, as he did the YES Network's postgame show on Wednesday night from Cleveland, he had only one thought. But that could also mean that they're ripe for a Game 1 letdown.

In that series, Tanaka pitched for NY in Game 3 allowing 3 hits, while striking out 7 and walking 1 in New York's 1-0 win. "But now we look back on it and it's probably one of the most magical times that I'll have in my career and it's something I'll never forget, for sure". The Astros will score early and ride Keuchel to a 5-2 victory.

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