And just like that, after their ALDS Game 5 win on Tuesday, the New York Yankees will travel to Houston for Game 1 of the ALCS on Wednesday. The rainout on Monday night forced them into a crammed schedule, which is even more jam-packed when you realize there’s only one off day throughout the entire seven-game ALCS.
There’s no time to worry about that, though. The Yankees are here, and while their pitching alignment is all out of wack, they have one advantage. New York is on a bit of a roll having played five games since last Tuesday. Tired or not, everyone’s ready to go and up to speed with full understanding of the stakes.
As for the Astros, they’ve played three games in the last 13 days. Jose Altuve is in the middle of an 0-for-16 slump. They scored 12 runs in three ALDS games against the Mariners, and that number was inflated with eight in the first game thanks to Seattle’s epic bullpen meltdown.
But this is familiar territory for Houston. It’s their sixth straight ALCS. Justin Verlander will have Game 1. Manager Dusty Baker’s pitching situation is more organized and set up for the long haul.
This one’s going to be a tense back-and-forth. Yankees fans will be dialed in for every second every step of the way. Here’s where they can tune in:
Complete Yankees vs Astros ALCS schedule and broadcast information
- Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:37 p.m. ET on TBS (in Houston)
- Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:37 p.m. ET on TBS (in Houston)
- Game 3: Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5:07 p.m. ET on TBS (in New York)
- Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7:07 p.m. ET on TBS (in New York)
- Game 5 (if necessary): Monday, Oct. 24 at 4:07 p.m. ET on TBS (in New York)
- Game 6 (if necessary): Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:07 p.m. ET on TBS (in Houston)
- Game 7 (if necessary): Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:37 p.m. ET on TBS (in Houston)
Probable/likely starting pitchers for Yankees-Astros ALCS
- Game 1: Jameson Taillon (NYY) vs Justin Verlander (HOU)
- Game 2: Luis Severino (NYY) vs Framber Valdez (HOU)*
- Game 3: Gerrit Cole (NYY) vs Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU)*
- Game 4: Nestor Cortes Jr. (NYY) vs Luis Garcia (HOU)*
- Game 5: TBD
- Game 6: TBD
- Game 7: TBD
*not yet official
And here’s your broadcast team. There’s a special guest Astros fans will love and Yankees fans will despise. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
Goodbye Bob Costas, hello Carlos Correa! Yankees fans were never going to have it their way. No need to be bummed about it.
That sets the stage for a greater need for revenge on the Yankees’ end, especially when you look at their track record vs their bitter AL rivals.
Yankees vs Astros postseason history
- 2015: Astros defeat Yankees in AL Wild Card Game (3-0 final score)
- 2017: Astros defeat Yankees in ALCS, 4-3*
- 2019: Astros defeat Yankees in ALCS, 4-2
*denotes year Astros were found guilty of illegal sign stealing
The stage is set. Part III. Visit YanksGoYard.com for all your Yankees coverage from now until the end of their postseason run.