The 2017 American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros was one of the more entertaining postseason series in baseball over the last few years. And fortunately for baseball fans, the two sides will meet again in 2019.
The Astros and Yankees are set to meet Saturday evening at Minute Maid Park in Game 1 of the 2019 ALCS. The Yankees swept the Minnesota Twins to get to this point, while the Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays in five games to advance to their third straight ALCS. Masahiro Tanaka is set to get the ball for the Yankees. He’ll be opposed by Zack Grienke. Here’s how to watch Yankees vs. Astros Game 1 online: When: Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8:08 p.m. ET TV: FOX Live Stream: FuboTV — free trial | FOX Sports Go Thumbnail photo via Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports Images
How will Bullpens be Used?
It is not crazy to see a starting pitcher make relief appearances in the playoffs. With the potential that these offenses have, this could occur more than once. If the series gets deep, managers usually aren’t trying to conserve their pitchers, so they typically won’t be afraid to pull guys quickly. It is also an adjustment because managers had 40 guys on the roster to work with, meaning more pitchers to choose from. However, now it can be a tough choice for managers deciding who they want out on the mound in the crucial moments. Don’t be surprised to see pitchers changing quickly, especially if the offenses are hitting well.
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The big situation here is Aaron Hicks. He is most likely going to be playing on the ALCS roster, and manager Aaron Boone has some decisions to make. With guys like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Brett Gardner, it could be a good thing for the Yankees. This is because certain guys may be able to hit better against some Astros pitchers than others, which can help Boone make his decision on who gets the start for certain games in the series. It could also be tough to decide who gets on the roster as Cameron Maybin is also on the Yankees, and he even hit a solo homer in one of his three at-bats of the ALDS against the Minnesota Twins.
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