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ALCS Game 6 Thread. October 19th, 2019, 7:08 CDT. Yankees vs Astros

It’s bullpen vs bullpen for the AL championship here in Houston. Join the discussion

MLB: ALCS-New York Yankees at Houston Astros Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

October baseball. Nothing more exciting. And sometimes, like last night, nothing more frustrating.

It was the first playoff game ever in which both teams scored all their runs in the first inning. Unfortunately, the Yankees scored four. The good guys only scored one. So now it’s game 6, but the Astros have two chances to close out the Yankees on their home field, whereas the Yanks have to win both games to advance to the World Series.

It’s a bullpen game for both teams, and conventional wisdom says this favors the Yankees. But on the Astros’ side, their pen has not been used as much this series, has looked good when it has been used, and the opener is Brad Peacock.

Forgive my editorializing here, but I commend this choice by A.J. Hinch. First, Peacock looked superb in the short inning he pitched last night. Good velocity, great movement and command. Let’s hope he can do that again tonight.

Secondly, he has the temperament and experience for this role. He has started playoff games before, and he has been relief in the World Series. As an opener he’s kind of a hybrid starter/reliever. Perfect description of Brad Peacock. He’s a calm dude who has been here before. Great choice.’

I hope I don’t have to eat my words.

Chad Green opens for the Yankees.

Here’s the lineups, according to

Official starting lineups

Yankees: After trotting out the same batting order for all three games of their AL Division Series sweep of the Twins, Boone has yet to try the same order twice against Houston.

1) DJ LeMahieu, 1B

2) Aaron Judge, RF

3) Gleyber Torres, 2B

4) Aaron Hicks, CF

5) Edwin Encarnacion, DH

6) Didi Gregorius, SS

7) Gary Sánchez, C

8) Gio Urshela, 3B

9) Brett Gardner, LF

Astros: Houston has several regulars who are struggling at the plate, but Hinch declined to bench any of his go-to guys at this point. He said after Game 5 that rookie DH Yordan Alvarez (1-for-19) would be in the lineup, hitting seventh, and he is.

1) George Springer, CF

2) José Altuve, 2B

3) Michael Brantley, LF

4) Alex Bregman, 3B

5) Yuli Gurriel, 1B

6) Carlos Correa, SS

7) Yordan Alvarez, DH

8) Martín Maldonado, C

9) Josh Reddick, RF