Astros set to host Yan­kees in first game of ALCS.

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

HOUS­TON (AP) — Dal­las Keuchel is tired of talk­ing about his suc­cess against the New York Yan­kees.

It didn't mat­ter on Thurs­day, though. It was an un­avoid­able sub­ject for Hous­ton's ace as he pre­pares to start against them in Game 1 of the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries on Fri­day night. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for New York, which is in the cham­pi­onship se­ries for the first time since 2012.

"I've been asked that ques­tion like 10 times al­ready," a slightly ex­as­per­ated Keuchel said. "I don't know, I mean, we're one of only four teams left, so at this point a lot of guys have had suc­cess pitch­ing-wise on ei­ther the In­di­ans or the Yan­kees."

But Keuchel has pitched bet­ter than most against the Yan­kees in re­cent years, go­ing 4-2 with a 1.41 ERA and 45 strike­outs in six reg­u­lar-sea­son starts.

His big­gest win to date against them came in the 2015 AL wild­card game when he and the then-up­start Astros got a 3-0 win in the Bronx. He struck out seven and scat­tered three hits over six in­nings to get the win in Hous­ton's first trip to the post­sea­son in a decade af­ter years of re­build­ing and los­ing.

Keuchel gets the nod in the opener af­ter pitch­ing be­hind Justin Ver­lan­der in the ALDS.

Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award in 2015 when he went 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA be­fore strug­gling last sea­son, with a 9-12 record and 4.55 ERA. He bounced back this year de­spite neck is­sues, post­ing a 14-5 record with a 2.90 ERA to help the Astros run away with the AL West ti­tle.

He built off that in his first start this post­sea­son when he yielded three hits and a run in 5 2/3 in­nings to help Hous­ton to an 8-2 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS.

That made him 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in four post­sea­son ap­pear­ances with three starts.

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