Jacoby Ellsbury not in Yankees’ lineup vs. Dallas Keuchel

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The Astros are also the owners of the worst road record in the American League, finishing 33-48 outside of Houston this season. “We have a shot just like the other nine teams do”. That would be Toronto with a 40-18 mark. “But then I let him know I’ll be ready to go at a few point in the game. What’s important is that however I can, I want to prevent runs and turn it over to the bullpen with us in the game”. I should have known the Rangers would be just fine. Teixeira is out with a shin fracture and will not be back until the start of next season. Masahiro Tanaka will be on the hill, giving the Bombers their best chance to win.

So, with that in mind, here’s a look at the playoffs.

Jason Castro, who has caught Keuchel throughout his development into this year’s AL All-Star Game starter, credits a slider the left-hander can spot well repeatedly as one of the keys to his success. The Royals took everyone by surprise past year.

The third factor is the Astros’ struggles playing on the road. Gomez, who missed the final regular-season series with a strained left chest muscle, is expected to start for Houston on Tuesday night. Manager Jeff Banister has yet to announce the three-man pitching rotation for the series.

“I think it’s a legitimate concern”, said Nick Wright, morning show drive host of SportsRadio 610 in Houston. Rasmus has faced him one time before, going 0-for-3. There has not been a bigger Major League Baseball game for Tanaka.

The Blue Jays go with a rotation of David Price, Marcus Stroman and either Marco Estrada or R.A. Dickey.

Tanaka throws strikes and the Astros don’t take a lot of pitches, so that could play out a couple of ways: Maybe the aggressive Houston hitters make Tanaka pay for throwing pitches over the plate, or maybe he uses his control to get efficient outs and work deep in the game. I think the Astros would fare well against the Royals as well.

New York now maintains a steady 87-75 winning record and remains 2nd in the American League Eastern Division. It’s also the first time the team has reached the postseason in the American League.


And just like the wild-card game, this series features two Central Division teams. They were dazzled by the House of David’s invented game of “pepper”-a baseball version of the Harlem Globetrotters famed basketball weave-in which the players with lightning speed tossed the baseball from behind their backs and between their legs and used sleight-of-hand tricks that included concealing the ball inside their bushy beards”. Yep, I’m jumping on the Cubbies’ bandwagon. Marisnick, who often comes in as a pinch runner when not in the starting lineup, is second on the team with 24. Los Angeles sends Cy Young-favorites Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to the mound while the Mets boast Jacob deGrom and a deep collection of young talent.

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