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ALCS Game 2 Thread, October 13, 2019 7:08 CDT. Yankees vs Astros

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Verlander goes in Game 2 of the ALCS at MMP hoping to even the series. Can the bats support him? Join the discussion.

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The man who needs no introduction, Justin Verlander, hero of the 2017 ALCS against these same Yankees, takes the mound tonight. This game is about as close to a must-win game as there is that isn’t an elimination game. If the Astros lose they will be down 2-0 with three games in Yankee stadium. Not optimum, by universal consensus, so a lot is resting on the broad Hall of Fame shoulders of JV.

But even Justin Verlander can’t win a game without run support, sorely lacking by the Astros bats during the playoffs. Is this the night the Astros hit like we know they can?

Facing the Stros on the mound is old Astros nemesis James Paxton, who has a career ERA against Houston of 3.54. He’s been red hot lately, posting a 2.51 ERA since August 2nd.

It’s a tough challenge tonight, but the Astros have been known to flourish in an underdog role before. I know there is no quit in these guys. In fact, I’m sure in New York they’re at least as worried as we are. It’s Verlander tonight, then it’s Gerrit Cole in NY on Tuesday to take back home field advantage, and to win the series, the Yankees will have to beat Verlander and Cole at Minute Maid Park in games 6 and 7.

That’s why this game is so important.

Go Stros.

Here’s the lineup. It’s a Jake night.

Yankees

1) DJ LeMahieu, 1B2)

Aaron Judge, RF3)

Gleyber Torres, 2B4)

Edwin Encarnacion, DH5)

Brett Gardner, CF6)

Gary Sánchez, C7)

Gio Urshela, 3B8)

Cameron Maybin, LF9)

Didi Gregorius, SS

Astros

1) George Springer, RF2

Michael Brantley, LF3)

José Altuve, 2B4)

Alex Bregman, 3B5)

Yordan Alvarez, DH6)

Yuli Gurriel, 1B7)

Carlos Correa, SS8)

Robinson Chirinos, C9)

Jake Marisnick, CF