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Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the World Series for the Astros on Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Keuchel is the obvious choice with Justin Verlander having pitched on Friday. He will be taking the ball on an extra day of rest when he opposes Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium, while Verlander will go in Game 2 Wednesday on regular rest. The Dodgers have not announced who will pitch for them in Game 2, but it will likely be Rich Hill.
Oct 22 - 11:06 AM

Lance McCullers pitched four scoreless innings of relief Saturday, earning the save in the Astros' ALCS Game 7 win over the Yankees.

Charlie Morton will be remembered as the Game 7 winner, but McCullers arguably played just as big of a role in the victory, shutting down the Yankees in convincing fashion after taking over in the sixth. McCullers allowed just one hit, a single, and walked one while striking out six. He was so dominant that at one point he threw 28 consecutive curveballs and the Yankees still had no answer. His relief outing, paired with a strong showing in what ended up being an Astros loss in Game 4, should mean we'll see him start one of the club's World Series home games next weekend.
Oct 21 - 11:49 PM

Justin Verlander on Saturday was named the American League Championship Series MVP.

Verlander didn't have a hand in the decisive Game 7, but that's because he was recovering from tossing seven scoreless innings the night before. That outing, coupled with the single-most dominant performance from a starting pitcher this postseason in a Game 2 complete-game victory, earned him the recognition. Verlander allowed just one run in 16 innings in the ALCS, striking out 22, and he's got a 1.46 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in four starts overall this postseason. He'll start Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers.
Oct 21 - 11:44 PM

Evan Gattis hit a solo home run, which turned out to be the game-winning run, in Saturday's Game 7 victory over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Gattis broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when he yanked a CC Sabathia offering to left-center. It was a good time for his first homer of the postseason, and his first hit of the series. He's hit .250/.360/.500 in seven playoff games to date, and could be in for a bigger workload in the next round with the Dodgers boasting so many lefties.
Oct 21 - 11:34 PM

Jose Altuve hit a solo home run in the Astros' win over the Yankees in Saturday's Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

Altuve muscled up for an opposite-field, solo shot in the fifth inning, the first of three runs that effectively buried the Yankees in the deciding game of the series. The second basemen went 8-for-25 with two homers and four RBI in the series, and he's batted .400/.500/.775 with five home runs in 11 games this postseason. The lefty killer should especially enjoy a matchup with the southpaw-laden Dodgers in next week's World Series.
Oct 21 - 11:28 PM

Charlie Morton delivered the biggest start of his life Saturday, tossing five scoreless innings as the Astros shut out the Yankees in a decisive 4-0 win in Game 7 of the ALCS.

History was made, as the shutout was the first ever in a Game 7 in the ALCS. Morton gave up a single and a double and walked one over his five innings, striking out five -- including two in a tone-setting first inning -- in the win. The only real danger he faced all night was in the top of the fifth, when Greg Bird doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a wild pitch with one out. But a great play by Alex Bregman and Brian McCann to nail Bird at home on a ground ball erased the threat, and Morton was able to escape the inning unharmed. The strong start was a stark contrast from his Game 3 start, in which Morton gave up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Morton will likely start Game 3 of the World Series, which will be in Houston on Friday.
Oct 21 - 11:21 PM

Alex Bregman is batting second and playing third base for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 7 against the Yankees.

Bregman had moved down in the lineup for Game 6 against hard-throwing right-hander Luis Severino, but against southpaw CC Sabathia he's back in a prime production spot for the decisive game. The postseason hasn't been kind to the 23-year-old thus far, as he's hitting just .184/.244/.395 in 10 playoff games. The rest of the Astros lineup in support of Charlie Morton goes like this: George Springer CF; Bregman 3B; Jose Altuve 2B; Carlos Correa SS; Yuli Gurriel 1B; Evan Gattis DH; Brian McCann C; Marwin Gonzalez LF; Josh Reddick RF.
Oct 21 - 4:23 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch has already made it known that it will be an "all hands on deck" approach for the club's pitching staff in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Saturday.

"I'll use every pitcher on the staff if we have to to get 27 outs" Hinch told reporters after Friday's victory. Presumably, that means the entire staff minus Justin Verlander who fired 99 pitches over seven shutout innings in Friday's win, but stranger things have happened. Keuchel has already announced that he's available for Saturday's elimination game.
Oct 21 - 10:56 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Charlie Morton will start Game 7 of the ALCS versus the Yankees on Saturday.

He will oppose starter CC Sabathia of the Yankees. Morton is fresh off a beatdown at the hands of the Yankees on Monday in Game 3 of the series. He was shelled for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in that one and seems like a shaky choice in a must-win game. He has a 10.13 ERA in eight post-season innings across two starts. Morton pitched well in the regular season, turning in a 14-7 record with a 3.62 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 146 2/3 innings. He will likely be on a short leash in this game as Hinch stated the pitching staff will be "all hands on deck" in Game 7.
Oct 21 - 12:53 AM

Justin Verlander struck out eight batters while firing seven shutout frames to beat the Yankees 7-1 in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

He was on top of his game and didn't give the Yankees any chance to do much damage all night. He scattered five hits -- all singles -- issued one walk and hit one batter. It was his second win in the series to go with a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. The Astros gave up a ton of money and a load of prospect talent to get Verlander on September 1st but his performance in the playoffs has made it all worthwhile. He is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 24 2/3 post-season innings.
Oct 21 - 12:35 AM

Alex Bregman went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.

He walked and scored on a Brian McCann double to put the Astros ahead 1-0 in the fifth inning. He broke the game open with a double that plated two runs in the eighth inning, then dashed home on a sacrifice fly lifted by designated hitter Evan Gattis. Bregman now owns a paltry .150 batting average in this series and a .184 average in the post-season as a whole. It hasn't been pretty but he came up big with the season on the line tonight.
Oct 21 - 12:23 AM

Brian McCann went 2-for-4 and drove in a run with a clutch double against the Yankees on Friday.

He stroked a ground rule double to drive in the game's first run in the fifth inning. It was the first crack in what had been a tight pitchers' duel between Luis Severino and Justin Verlander. McCann came around to score on a single by Jose Altuve as the Astros took a 3-0 lead they would never relinquish. He had been 2-for-26 in the post-season prior to tonight.
Oct 21 - 12:16 AM

Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI in Friday's ALCS Game 6 win over the Yankees.

His two-RBI single in the fifth inning gave his team a 3-0 lead and knocked opposing starter Luis Severino out of the game. He tacked on a solo home run off reliever David Robertson leading off the bottom of the eighth inning. The Astros scored four runs in the frame to put the game on ice. It was the MVP candidate's first home run of the championship series and fourth of the post-season. The series wraps up tomorrow with the winner advancing to the World Series.
Oct 21 - 12:07 AM

Evan Gattis is starting in the designated hitter spot and batting eighth for the Astros in ALCS Game 6 on Friday versus the Yankees.

Carlos Beltran has started four of the five games so far this series in the DH spot, but it will be Gattis in there Friday against right-hander Luis Severino. The Astros' full lineup looks like this: George Springer CF, Josh Reddick RF, Jose Altuve 2B, Carlos Correa SS, Yulieski Gurriel 1B, Alex Bregman 3B, Marwin Gonzalez LF, Gattis DH, Brian McCann C.
Oct 20 - 4:27 PM

Jake Marisnick (thumb) played catch again Thursday.

Marisnick has also been running and shagging fly balls for the past week, though he has yet to grip a bat. The 26-year-old outfielder suffered a fractured right thumb in mid-September and seems doubtful to play in another game this year, even if the Astros advance to the World Series. Marisnick will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter after earning a $1.1 million salary in 2017.
Oct 19 - 2:25 PM


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