Yankees, Astros Game 6 ALCS lineups | Carlos Beltran benched

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

They have their best team since at least 2005, but it's either win or go home five victories shy of that elusive World Series championship.

An East Coast-West Coast battle would give Fox a storyline rivaling last year's, when the Chicago Cubs topped the Cleveland Indians in the highest-rated series since 2004.

The Cubs had surrendered sadly in Game 3, and most thought they would be swept in Game 4, but they were revitalized enough to push this series one more game.

The Astros led the majors in runs (896), batting average (.282), on-base percentage (.346) and slugging (.478) during the regular season and were second to the Yankees in homers.

If Severino can be the ace he's been all year, if he can outduel Houston's Justin Verlander, he'll have his moment, too.

Verlander's past two win-or-else starts were masterpieces.

He won't be thinking about the Wild Card Game just two short weeks ago.

The former National League Cy Young Award victor allowed just three hits and one earned run in his team's pennant-clinching victory over the Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. No other active pitcher comes close to making the top 100. They are riding the momentum after taking three games in the Bronx, and need to keep that momentum going.

500 average, 4 AB, 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 HR, 1 RBIs, 0 BB, 1 K.

Justin Verlander and the Astros try to stave off elimination and force a decisive Game 7 in the AL Championship Series when they host the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park (8:08 p.m. EDT).

As October neared, the standing theory was if the Yankees reached the playoffs, they would be a challenging opponent, built around offensive firepower and late-inning dominance.

NY just outscored the Astros 19-5 in three straight victories at home but was beaten 2-1 in each of the first two games at Minute Maid Park.

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