Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound for Game One, a well-earned start after a strong outing in Game Two of the ALDS. The only run he allowed that night scored because of a weak single Mitch Garver poked against the shift. Tanaka looked in command of his slider, and most importantly, the splitter was shutting down hitters. Overall he allowed just two hard-hit balls over five innings of work.
Zack Greinke will pitch for the Astros, hoping to redeem himself after pitching just 3.2 innings during the ALDS. Of course the Rays did look like a different team in Tampa, but Greinke allowed three home runs during his start, a problem on which the Yankees can capitalize. Considering the starting rotation of the Astros is one of their strengths, winning Game One before Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole pitch is high on the priority list.
Here are the lineups:
Tonight’s game can be seen on FOX or Fubo.tv, and heard on WFAN 660/101.9FM, WADO 1280, or ESPN Radio. First pitch will be at 8:08 PM EST. Go Yankees!