Yankees, Astros Game 1 ALCS lineups | Joe Girardi makes big change

The Yankees are built for the future thanks to young stars like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez

The American League Championship Series gets started tonight in Houston, with the AL West champion Astros hosting the wild-card Yankees. But he was quick to point out that Keuchel's success certainly hasn't been limited to games against NY.

Houston hasn't made that many decisions yet, but it has chosen Justin Verlander to pitch in Game 2 at home against Severino.

"It's two really good teams going head-to-head", said Astros catcher Brian McCann, who was a Yankee just 11 months ago.

The Red Sox will counter with Drew Pomeranz, who won a career-high 17 games and posted a 3.32 ERA during the regular season.

Keuchel v. The Yanks: Dallas Keuchel starts Game 1. "I mean, especially now seeing me and Bregman having so much success they are going to be more blocks of scouts going down there to find some talent", said Giles. He struck out nine times in those at-bats.

The stakes: The Yankees haven't played in the ALCS since 2012, an eternity when measured in Steinbrenner Years.

"Oh, he's a great player, and he's been for a number of years here", Girardi said. "And just because it's the Yankees, you get a little bit more amped and jittery".

He built off that in his first start this postseason when he yielded three hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings to help Houston to an 8-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS. That's seven homers allowed in his last 10 innings.

Verlander's performance afforded the bullpen a five-run edge entering the seventh, which proved to be all the breathing room the home team needed.

These pitchers will face two of the best hitters in the majors in Houston's Jose Altuve and NY rookie Aaron Judge. The Yankees manager added that Tanaka can get on a roll and put together a run of strong starts and the team will need one of them on Friday. Judge has been part of a close MVP race with Jose Altuve.

Altuve has kept up his blistering pace in the postseason, where he's hitting.533 with three homers and four RBIs.

Beltran has been in 58 career playoff games for five different teams.

The 25-year-old Judge isn't daunted by his hard postseason. "But I think it's just a coincidence that my command and location have been better than what it usually is against them". The Yankees said CC Sabathia will pitch Game 3 in NY and Sonny Gray will go in Game 4.

The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 2. the six-time All-Star has been near-perfect since joining Houston from the Tigers moments before the August 31 waiver-trade deadline. Houston's hasn't announced its rotation past Saturday.

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