Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game versus the Astros.
It's pretty stunning to see a player with a $153 million contract not starting a winner-take-all game, but it makes sense for the Yanks to go with Chris Young instead if you break it down. Astros starter Dallas Keuchel is deadly against lefties and Ellsbury has really struggled since the beginning of September, hitting .202/.254/.246 with no homers. Young is in left field and batting second, while Brett Gardner has shifted over to center.
Jed Lowrie is not in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game.
Lowrie has been battling a quad injury of late, although it's not clear if that's why he's sitting. Luis Valbuena is covering third base and hitting eighth against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees.
Carlos Gomez (intercostal) is in the Astros' lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Yankees.
Gomez told reporters the last couple days that he'd be playing and he stayed true to his word. The outfielder isn't recovered from his left intercostal tear yet, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go in the win-or-go-home game. Gomez is in center field and batting sixth.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) has begun a throwing program.
Ryu had surgery back in May to repair a labrum injury in his left shoulder. The southpaw is expected to be ready to go for spring training, barring any setbacks.
Marcus Stroman will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rangers.
Stroman broke the news himself on Twitter. It's not surprising given how well he pitched down the stretch, posting a 1.67 ERA and 0.96 WHIP across four starts. The accomplishment is quite impressive given that Stroman had been ruled out for the season when he tore his ACL in spring training. David Price is getting the ball in Game 1.