The New York Yankees may have gotten the worst possible draw for the American League Wild Card game, facing pitcher Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros. In two starts against the Yankees this season, Keuchel didn’t allow a single earned run over 16.0 innings, while striking out 21 batters.
The New York Yankees slumped into the playoffs with just one win in their past seven games, which includes being swept by the Baltimore Orioles in the final series of the season. To make matters worse for the Bronx Bombers, they have gone just 20-20 at Yankee Stadium since the All-Star Break.
Masahiro Tanaka will get his first start in the postseason for the Yankees with the Japanese-born righty being a model of consistency for the team this season. Tanaka has posted an ERA between 3.00 and 4.00 in every month of the season expect for June.
The Astros grip on the Wild Card spot was anything but assured down the final stretch of the season. The team was actually out of the spot at one point after leading the AL West for 139 days.
Much has been made of Keuchel’s home/road splits with the Cy Young candidate posting a 15-0 record with a 1.46 ERA at home compared to a 5-8 mark with 3.77 ERA on the road.