2019-10-16 19:08:00 EDT
The Houston Astros are set to visit Yankee Stadium in New York, New York for Game 4 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees. The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 2-1 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 3 against the New York Yankees, 4-1. Gerrit Cole received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he had success as he went 7 scoreless innings while striking out 7 batters. Jose Altuve had a solid game from the plate for the Astros as he went 2 for 5 with a solo-HR.
The Houston Astros are set to start Jose Urquidy (2-1, 3.95 ERA) who had success in his latest appearance as he went 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out 3 batters against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jose Urquidy has never recorded a start against the New York Yankees, but he struggled in 4 road starts this season as he is posting a 4.12 ERA.
The New York Yankees come into this matchup with a 1-2 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping game 3 against the Houston Astros, 4-1. Luis Severino received the starting nod for the New York Yankees, and he struggled as he gave up 2 earned runs in 4.1 innings. Gleyber Torres had a solid game from the plate for the Yankees as he went 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a solo-HR.
The New York Yankees have not yet named a starting pitcher as they will thitem a reliever in an opener role. The New York Yankees ended the regular season ranked 14th in team ERA (4.31), 4th in strikeouts (1534), and 11th in BAA (.248).
Both of these teams will use a heavy amount of their bullpen in this matchup, and I have to think the advantage lies with the Yankees here. The New York Yankees caught a bad break when they had to go against Verlander and Cole, but the Astros rookie Jose Urquidy is a different story. The Yankees will look to jump on the rookie early, and they need to escape game 4 with a win if they want to stay in this series. Look for Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to make an impact in the box, and for Chapman to close out the 9th inning with a Yankee win.