Like in the 2017 ALCS, the Yankees will host the middle three games in this year’s series. Two years ago, the Yankees swept the set, taking a lead when the series went back to Houston.
This time around, if the Yankees pull off that feat again, they would win the series. Of course, it won’t be that easy, but the next three days are crucial. The Yankees have been excellent at home, and have a chance to get an edge in this series, starting tonight with Game Three.
To try and grab the series lead, the Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound. In his ALDS start, Severino wasn’t at his best, but still threw four scoreless innings. In total, he’s allowed just two runs in his four starts in 2019, and the Yankees could really use that number not being much higher after today.
As for the rest of the lineup, Giancarlo Stanton is still out with a strained quad. Meanwhile, Aaron Hicks will get the start in center field after making an appearance off the bench in Game Two. There’s been some shifting in the order, but other than Stanton and Hicks, it’s a mostly similar lineup to what the Yankees have used all October.
Meanwhile, the Astros are giving the ball to Gerrit Cole. The Astros quite famously have not lost a game Cole has started since July and he himself hasn’t taken a loss since May. In his lone start against the Yankees this season, Cole allowed three runs in seven innings in an April start in Houston.
Elsewhere, Martin Maldonado will make his first appearance of the series, in for Robinson Chirinos at catcher.
How to watch:
First pitch: 4:08 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: FS1
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: FuboTV, MLB.TV