Following a come-from-behind ALDS win, the New York Yankees continue their campaign as they take on the Houston Astros in the ALCS.Get ready, folks. The American League Championship Series gets underway tonight.
Against all odds, the New York Yankees secured their position in the ALCS with Wednesday’s Game 5 win over the Cleveland Indians, coming back from down two games to none for the second time in franchise history. Their opponent, the Houston Astros, took down the Boston Red Sox in their ALDS matchup in four games earlier this week.
This is a series that should come down to Games 6 and 7, as both squads have built a matchup that can establish an entertaining preamble to the World Series.
Houston and New York both have MVP candidates in Jose Altuve and Aaron Judge, entertaining shortstops in Didi Gregorius and Carlos Correa, shut-down aces in Dallas Keuchel and Luis Severino and managers that could absolutely play a factor.
In the regular season, Houston won the season series five games to two, but both the postseason is a different animal.
The Yankees are a young, hot and confident group of talent while the Astros feature a stellar rotation and a lineup that just took down Chris Sale and the AL East-winning Red Sox with ease in the ALDS.
With that, it’s time to take a deeper look at the matchups to watch, keys to each team’s victory and ESNY’s staff picks for the 2017 ALCS.