New York Yankees at Houston Astros, MLB League Championship Game 1: 2017 Prediction, pick, line, odds, TV channel, live stream, watch online, Those two premier players are the focal points but far from the only points in two of the sport’s most high-powered offenses. Two years after they met in the AL Wild Card Game, the Astros and Yankees bring their big bats and big hopes to a best-of-seven set with significantly higher stakes. It begins Friday night at 8 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Park (live on FS1), where Houstonians hit hard by Hurricane Harvey are bound to create an epic environment, with Dallas Keuchel opposing Masahiro Tanaka.
The Yankees got here with their 5-2 win over the Indians on Wednesday night in Game 5 of the AL Division Series presented by Doosan. At the start of the season, few external observers really expected this increasingly youth-oriented Yanks team to get to this point. What was supposed to be a bridge year instead has the Yankees approaching the World Series shore, with a historic rookie year from Judge and other strides from the likes of Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird speeding up the so-called “rebuild” — a process that, notably, included last year’s trades of Carlos Beltran to the Rangers (before he signed with the Astros as a free agent) and Brian McCann to the Astros.
As much as trades such as those might have put a focus on the future, the 2017 season has proved the Yanks’ future is now.
Unlike Girardi, Hinch had time to set up for this series against a Yankees team his Astros beat five times in seven meetings this year. After Justin Verlander’s first relief appearance in the ALDS clincher, he’s turning to homegrown ace Keuchel in Game 1, with imported co-ace Verlander in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. Keuchel might have been an easy call for the duty even if Verlander hadn’t been thrust into bullpen action in Game 4 on Monday. Keuchel is 5-2 with a 1.24 ERA in seven career starts against the Yanks, including his terrific performance in that aforementioned 2015 AL Wild Card Game win at Yankee Stadium.