ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza will become the first woman to broadcast a nationally televised Major League Baseball postseason game.
There is Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, walking around in a swim suit and flip-flops as if he’s going to the beach, and not to the postseason, admiring it all in the back of the room with team president Reid Ryan. 283 with three home runs. He is 5-8 with a 3.77 ERA on the road in 2015, which takes a few of the edge away from Houston. And, look: Maybe there’s something to that. The 10-game winning streak that propelled them to a seven-game lead in the AL West on May 3.
The Yankees, of course, will be sending their own ace to the mound in Masahiro Tanaka.
Keuchel, who will be pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his four-year career, also won his home start against the Yankees in the regular season. “Whether or not I feel good when the game starts, it’s going to be up to me to start the game and help the team win”.
Tanaka promised he would not get hit around again by the Astros. If Tanaka leaves after seven with a lead, the game’s pretty much over. The Yankees won 87 games during the regular season, one more than Houston. -Why I feel this one game may make the team looser than they were in September. Of particular note with this game at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium: Keuchel gave up only 0.66 homers per nine innings this season, second-best among qualifying AL starters behind Minnesota’s Mike Pelfrey. He’s also been death on left-handers, holding them to a. 198 OBP, a. 171 batting average, and just three home runs in 52.2 innings. The Yankees still have the O.G. It was a baseball version of Andy Dufresne’s trip through the shit-smelling drainpipe in Shawshank Redemption that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy except Yankee fans, Cardinal fans, and David Schwimmer (I hate that guy), but the city of Houston crawled through it and wound up safe and sound on the other side. Despite the low expectations, Houston received impact performances from their young core that includes Jose Altuve, George Springer and rookie shortstop Carlos Correa. The pessimist in me says that that’s not even a *real* playoff spot and that if this were 2011 we wouldn’t be celebrating a playoff berth.
The good news is that Keuchel will be starting tomorrow’s Wild Card game on just three days of rest, which is not something that he has done before.
A man celebrates in front of a burning couch after the San Francisco Giants’ world championship in 2014.
Dallas Keuchel has been two different pitchers when pitching at home as opposed to the road.
The Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 to seal home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game.
The Yankees are left-handed-hitting dominant but Rodriguez is the biggest danger from the right side that Keuchel will have to deal with. “The one thing about a one-game playoff, anything can happen”. Another time Randy Johnson hit a bird with a fastball. “Obviously it means so much to the organization when you get to the post season, especially when it’s been ten years like it’s been for the Astros”, Ford explained.
Arizona went 79-83 in its first season under general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, a 15-game improvement from finishing with baseball’s worst record in 2014.