ALCS Game Six, 2017

Yankees at Astros, 5:00 PM PT, TV: FS1

The Yankees have two games in which to win one, while for the Astros this is an elimination game. It’s a rematch of Game Two’s starting pitchers.

In Game Two, the Astros’ RHP Justin Verlander threw that most rare of things in this era, a complete game, holding the Yankees to one run on five hits and striking out 13. His opponent will again be RHP Luis Severino, who was pulled from that game after just four innings “for precautionary reasons.” Before he left he’d given up just one run on two hits to the Astros.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1988 The Dodgers become World Champions when Orel Hershiser limits the opposition to four singles in Game 5 of the World Series and beats the A’s, 5-1. The right-hander, who also won Game 2, is named the Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic.
  • 2004 After losing the first three games of the ALCS, the Red Sox win four consecutive games to win the American League pennant, beating the Yankees in the Bronx, 10-3. Johnny Damon’s two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth, and Derek Lowe’s solid pitching performance help Boston to join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders as the only teams in the history of professional sports to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a seven-game series.

40 thoughts on “ALCS Game Six, 2017

  1. Now, tomorrow’s game should go 26 innings, with position players on the mound at the end.

  2. 3 more outs to Game 7
    Don’t wanna worry about extras in this one . . . rather ensure they play a full 9 manana.

  3. I think the ‘Stros would be a tougher opponent than the Yanquis, because they could start Keuchel and Verlander in Games 1 and 2.

  4. Via Cole’s Forbes article below, Jonah Keri of CBS Sports says the high payroll doesn’t mean the Dodgers bought their way to the World Series. He points out that $92M of the $242M payroll went to players who barely played (Ethier, A-Gon) or guys long ago traded or let go (Crawford, Kemp, Olivera, Romo).

    Additionally, Cole points to Tyler Kepner’s ode to Kershaw in the NYT.

  5. It’s still real!

    Got less than 6 hours of sleep last night, hitting the sack about 1 . . . I was still wired from the win and, inspired by RBI, got a ticket to the opening game, which pumped me up even more.