Yanks kids ‘unique’

The Province - - SPORTS - — Rob Lon­g­ley

HOUS­TON — The Astros are well aware that the kids are all right, a big rea­son why the Yan­kees, and not the In­di­ans, are here as their ALCS op­po­nents. And Hous­ton’s Game 1 starter, Dal­las Keuchel has some thoughts on (and ul­ti­mate re­spect for) New York slug­ger Aaron Judge and his con­tem­po­raries. “(Judge) is such a unique player and I think the Yan­kees have a lot of unique play­ers,” Keuchel said on Thurs­day. “The new age (of hit­ters) — lift the ball, get un­der the ball … tra­jec­tory, back­spin, you name it, they have a bunch of those guys. “But in turn, you’re go­ing to swing and miss a lot more.” Judge, is a hot topic com­ing into the se­ries, of course. Af­ter strik­ing out in 16 of his 20 at-bats in the ALDS against Cleve­land. Keuchel isn’t buy­ing the sug­ges­tion that the bloom is wilt­ing from Judge, who set a ma­jor-league rookie record with 52 home runs. “For peo­ple to say he was ex­posed or what not, I don’t be­lieve in that,” Kuechel said. “I think he’s a tremen­dous tal­ent and one swing can change the course of the game. He can hurt you in so many dif­fer­ent ways.”

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