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Game No. 35 Preview: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

Battle at the top of the AL standings.

MLB: Houston Astros at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (23-11) vs. New York Yankees (21-10), May 11, 2017, 7:10 PM CDT

Radio: KBME 790 AM, La Nueva 94.1 FM
Online: MLB.TV
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Pitching Matchup

LHP Dallas Keuchel (5-0, 1.88 ERA, 0.85 WHIP) vs. RHP Michael Pineda (3-1, 3.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP)


It doesn’t get much better than this. Two of best teams in baseball right now with each team’s No.1 starter pitchers facing off against each other.

This is where we find the Astros and Yankees. While it isn’t a surprise for the Astros, it is for the young Yankees. Which connecting the word “young” and the Yankees feels weird to even type. At the moment, the Yankees have a younger roster than the Astros. The Yankees’ average age is 28.5 and the Astros is 29.

The charge of the Young Yankees (still weird) has been led by outfielder Aaron Judge. Judge has batted .317 (33x104) with 13 home runs and 28 RBIs in 29 games. But has hit his first stumbling block on the season, batting .250 over his last seven games.

Aaron Hicks has found the magic too for the Yankees, he's second on the team with a 202 wRC+. Matt Holliday (164 wRC+), Starlin Castro (161), and Brett Gardner (134) have early success this season.

Michael Pineda hasn't allowed more than three runs in his last five starts, including three quality starts. He hasn't reached the sixth inning in two of his last three starts.

Pineda is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA in five career starts against the Astros. Carlos Correa is batting .625 (5x8) with two doubles, two home runs, and two RBIs in his career against Pineda.

Dallas Keuchel counters Pineda for the Astros. He has had plenty of success against the Yankees, especially in Yankee Stadium. He is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in three career starts.