Yankees vs Astros

Yankees vs Astros: The New York Yankees took Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, shutting out the Houston Astros in a 7-0 win at Minute Maid Park.Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela homered for the Yankees, who hadn’t played since Monday after sweeping the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS.

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After Zack Greinke took the loss in Game 1, the Astros will start Justin Verlander as they try to even up the best-of-seven series. Houston had baseball’s best record (107-55) in the regular season, while the Yankees (103-59) won the AL East for the first time since 2012.

How to watch
Date: Sunday, Oct. 13 | Time: 8:08 p.m. ET
Location: Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)
TV: FS1 | Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: HOU: -158 | NYY: +148 | O/U: 7.5
Starting pitchers: James Paxton (NYY) vs. Justin Verlander (HOU)
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Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) went 1-1 in the ALDS, winning Game 1 but losing Game 4. He made two starts against the Yankees in the regular season, giving up six earned runs in 13 innings.For the Yankees, lefty James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) takes the mound. He started Game 1 of the ALDS, giving up three earned runs with eight strikeouts in 4 ⅔ innings. Paxton pitched twice against the Astros in the regular season, giving up 13 hits and six earned runs in nine innings.

The Yankees flashed power and pitching in their thumping of the Astros in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday. Now let’s set the scene with some essentials for Sunday night’s ALCS Game 2, which features a Justin Verlander-James Paxton pitching matchup.

The Astros will look to even the series with their ace Verlander on the mound. Verlander’s coming off an uncharacteristically rough start in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays, as he allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Some of that, no doubt, was owing to the fact that Verlander was starting on short rest. For ALCS Game 2, however, he’ll be back on his normal four days’ rest. The test for Verlander will be keeping the Yankee power bats in check. Verlander’s lone weakness during the regular season was the long ball. He allowed 36 homers in 223 innings, and the Yankees, meantime, became the second team ever to hit 300 or more home runs in a season.

Across the way, the lefty Paxton gets the start for the Yankees. To the extent that it means much, Paxton’s ERA was roughly a run higher on the road this season. As well, the Astros’ offense this season was slightly better against left-handers. On the bright side for New York, the team used just two key relievers in Game 1 — Adam Ottavino and Zach Britton — and neither threw more than 17 pitches. The bullpen should be ready for an extra load in Game 2 should circumstances warrant.

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