The Yankees finish their four-game series against the Houston Astros on Thursday afternoon at 2:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.
Luis Severino and Giancarlo Stanton carried the Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Astros last night. Stanton crushed two homers off Dallas Keuchel, and roped a double down the right field line to account for all four of the Yankees' runs. Severino tossed his first-career shutout allowing just five scattered hits while fanning 10 over his 110-pitch performance. ...The Yankees have won 11 of their last 12 games.
|Brett Gardner, CF||George Springer, RF|
|Aaron Judge, RF||Jose Altuve, 2B|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Carlos Correa, SS|
|Giancarlo Stanton, LF||Yuli Gurriel, DH|
|Gary Sanchez, C||Josh Reddick, LF|
|Neil Walker, 1B||Alex Bregman, 3B|
|Miguel Andujar, DH||Marwin Gonzalez, 1B|
|Ronald Torreyes, 3B||Brian McCann, C|
|Gleyber Torres, 2B||Jake Marisnick, CF|
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4.37 ERA/4.13 FIP, 1.03 WHIP), who has won back-to-back starts. His latest came against the Angels where he allowed just two hits -- one solo homer -- while striking out nine and walking two over six innings.
Tanaka has not had a fun time against the Astros in his career, as he owns a 10.38 ERA over 17.1 innings over four regular season starts. However, he was lights out in three postseason starts against the 'Stros. He owns a 2.00 ERA over 18 innings in those outings.
Who is starting for the Astros?
RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (3.71 ERA/2.95 FIP, 1.21 WHIP), who has won his past three starts. His latest came against the A's where he didn't allow a run and only two hits, while striking out seven and walking none over seven inning.
McCullers loves pitching at Minute Maid Park, as he owns a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings in his home park this season. That is compared to a 4.91 ERA on the road.
More Yankees notes...
The Yankees tossed their second consecutive shutout against the Astros last night. ...Yankees batters lead the Majors in runs (172), runs per game (5.73), HR (44) and HR per game (1.47). ...Gary Sanchez leads the MLB with 14 RBI since April 22. He has now reached base safely in all 11 games.