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AL Wild Card Preview: Houston Astros At New York Yankees

(mlb.com)

(mlb.com)

The 2015 MLB regular season has officially concluded and now it’s playoff time! Six months of baseball has led to this and the stage has officially been set for the American League Wild Card game which will feature the Houston Astros’ (86-76) of the American League West against the New York Yankees (87-75) of the American League East on Tuesday night at 8:00pm at Yankee Stadium. The winner will advance to American League Division Series and face the Kansas City Royals. So here are some things to know before Tuesday night’s Wild Card game:

Probable Starters:

Houston Astros:

The Astros’ Ace LHP Dallas Keuchel will take the start for the Wild Card matchup. Houston was hoping for home field advantage for the Wild Card game with Keuchel’s 15-0 record at home this season and the Astros struggles on the road. The Yankees are just 15-19 at home since August which could make it anyone’s game. Keuchel will be on just three days rest when he takes the mound on Tuesday night. His previous two starts against the Yankees this season, Keuchel hasn’t allowed a run in sixteen innings. The twenty-seven year had a 20-8 record on the season with a 2.48 ERA in thirty-three starts while striking out 216 in 232 innings.

The New York Yankees will also send their ace to the mound in RHP Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has faced the Astros just once this season, in June, where he allowed six runs in just five innings, one of his shortest starts of the season. Tanaka went 12-7 on the 2015 season in twenty-four starts with a 3.51 ERA and missed a significant amount of time with injuries, most recently a hamstring injury. The 2 year old was 7-4 on the season at home.

Notable Stats:

Houston Astros: The Yankees have struggled lately and in fact after clinching a spot in the post-season on Thursday night, have  not won a game since. In their only game against Tanaka, rookie Carlos Correa 2 for 3 with a homer, Chris Carter was 2 for 2 with a homer, and Jose Altuve was also able to get a homer off of Tanaka going 1 for 3 as the team was able to get seven hits in just five innings.

New York Yankees:

The Yankees have yet to find success against Keuchel this season, but with a different lineup than the last start and having seem him twice, the outcome might be different. The Yankees will most likely start first baseman Greg Bird who has been sensational for the Yankees since making his debut on August 13, even racking up 31 RBIs and 11 homers with a .261 batting average. There is also speculation that second baseman Rob Refsnyder will start on Tuesday night’s Wild Card game due to his success against lefties, batting .267.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
Bethany Cohen