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2017 American League Championship Series, Game 2: Astros vs. Yankees, Saturday 10/14, 3 p.m. CT

The Astros look to go up two games to none.

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The Astros won a tight Game 1 of this ALCS, a well-pitched matchup on both sides.

I’d expect nothing less this afternoon with these two righthanders going.

Justin Verlander vs. Luis Severino

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Justin Verlander is making his 19th postseason appearance (18th start). The last time he pitched in an ALCS was 2013, when he threw this masterpiece in Game 3 against the Red Sox, only to lose 1-0. Interestingly, he has not faced the Yankees since June 2016. Current members of the Yankees are hitting .257 (29-for-113) against him with five home runs.

Luis Severino was awful in the A.L. wild-card game, not even getting out of the first inning. He was much better in Game 4 of the Yankees’ division series against the Indians, but his record against the Astros in two starts this year was his worst against any team: 7⅔ innings, 2.478 (!) WHIP, 10.57 ERA.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday (classic mode) (Note: Going forward, I am going to link to the “classic” Gameday here because broke the links I used to use to get to their “new” Gameday. If you click on this link, you can then click on “New Gameday” at the bottom of the page to get to the updated version. Note that the “classic” Gameday won’t load until just before game time.) game preview

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