Houston police chief proposes friendly bet to NYC chief if Astros win

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

The American League Championship Series gets going on Friday evening as the New York Yankees visit the Houston Astros for Game 1. Keuchel had a 1.12 WHIP with 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings in the regular season.

Verlander made only two starts at Minute Maid Park after his trade from the Tigers, but he was almost flawless in them, allowing just one run on four hits in 14 innings, while striking out 16. NY is also 6-2 in their last eight during game one of a series and 20-8 in their last 28 overall.

The last team to look as low as the Yankees did after Game 2 might have been the 2004 Boston Red Sox following a 19-8 ALCS loss to the Yankees that put them down 3-0 in the series. Judge and Altuve are two of the best offensive talents in the game of baseball, but the way they go about their craft is so different, and both players are a lesson in why it's impossible to evaluate in absolutely set ways. Houston is a -180 favorite to win Game 1 and NY is a +155 underdog.

Over on the Yankees' side, they went to Game 5 against the Indians having lost their first two games in Cleveland 4-0 and 9-8, then winning 1-0 and 7-3 in NY before returning to Cleveland for Game 5 and a tense victory 5-2.


-David Robertson came out of the bullpen in the fifth to give NY the first 2 2/3 innings of 4 2/3 innings of no-hit relief. This bullpen gives them a distinct advantage late in the game, as the Astros' mediocre relief pitching put them 17th in Major League Baseball with a 4.17 ERA, and they followed that up with 10 runs allowed over 16.1 innings in their ALDS matchup with the Boston Red Sox. Starting pitchers have not been announced, but it is safe to assume two of Sonny Gray, Severino and Tanaka will start in Games 1 and 2.

In Keuchel's lone postseason appearance this year, he went 5.2 innings with three hits and one earned run for a victory in Game 2.

Rounding out the Yankees rotation are Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA), Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98) and CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69). NY has been propelled by the home run machine, rookie Aaron Judge. This year, nine of those teams didn't make the playoffs. He also became the first player to have three postseason games with four strikeouts. In the ALDS, the two had a combined five hits, two home runs, five RBIs, four walks, and 26 strikeouts. Counting the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees have survived elimination in four games.

The Astros are the favorites, and they have home-field advantage now.

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