Collin McHugh will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Royals on Thursday.
He was the likeliest choice with the club having to use Dallas Keuchel in the Wild Card Game. McHugh was up-and-down in September but ultimately earned the assignment with a strong second half that included a 3.11 ERA. He'll take on Yordano Ventura on Thursday. Keuchel will start Game 3, but Houston's Game 2 starter and potential Game 4 starter isn't known yet.
Dallas Keuchel held the Yankees off the scoreboard over six innings as the Astros won Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game 3-0.
Pitching on three days' rest, Keuchel looked a little amped up in the first inning but quickly settled in, ultimately yielding just three singles and one walk while striking out seven. He ran into a little trouble in the sixth with a couple runners reaching, but he got out of it and the bullpen shut down the Yanks over the final three frames. The Astros will play in Kansas City on Thursday in Game 1 of the ALDS, with Keuchel on track to pitch Game 3 when the series goes to Houston.
Luke Gregerson struck out a pair in a perfect ninth inning to close out the Yankees on Tuesday.
It was a painless final frame as Gregerson protected a three-run lead with ease, as he got Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez swinging before Brian McCann grounded out. Seven of the eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Gregerson isn't your prototypical closer but has been rock-solid all season.
Masahiro Tanaka lasted just five innings Tuesday, yielding two runs on four hits and three walks while losing to the Astros.
Tanaka wasn't particularly sharp and was lucky to get through five frames having allowed just the two runs. He served up a couple longballs and managed to escape a bases loaded situation in the second innings. The right-hander needed 83 pitches to cover the five frames and Yankees manager Joe Girardi then went to his bullpen. Tanaka dealt with some injury this year but did manage to successfully pitch through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Carlos Gomez belted a solo homer in his return to action Tuesday as the Astros beat the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game.
Masahiro Tanaka hung a first-pitch slider to Gomez to lead off the fourth inning and the outfielder smacked it well over the left-center field wall. Making just his second start in the club's last 21 games due to an intercostal strain, Gomez was noticeably in pain in his third plate appearance and was lifted before being allowed to make another one. He'll surely continue to try and gut it out but is clearly playing compromised.