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Breaking Down the AL Wild Card Game - Astros vs Yankees

Tuesday night the Houston Astros, who nobody had winning more than 75 games heading into the season, will be playing at Yankee Stadium, taking on the New York Yankees. We will see Masahiro Tanaka facing off with 20 game winner Dallas Keuchel.

Tanaka made his first career start against the Astros this year and it was not a good day for the Yankees ace. Tanaka went 5 innings and was tagged with 6 earned runs, and left with a no decision. He allowed 7 hits, while walking 2 and allowing 3 home runs. Oh yeah, the Yankees spotted Tanaka with a 6-0 lead after two innings.

In 24 starts this year (154 innings), Tanaka surrendered 25 home runs and will have to be careful Tuesday night as the Houston Astros hit the 2nd most home runs in the MLB, just 2 shy of the Blue Jays league lead.

Taking the mound for the Astros is Dallas Keuchel. A 20 game winner and a guy who absolutely shut down the Yankees this year. In 2 starts, Keuchel went 2-0 (including a complete game shutout) with a 0.00 ERA. Over 16 innings Keuchel allowed just 9 hits and a walk, while striking out 21.

The guys to watch in this game offensively will be Carlos Beltran and Carlos Correa.

Carlos Beltran is a career .333 postseason hitter with 16 home runs. Beltran is one of the few Yankees with success off of Keuchel, going 4-9 with a double and a home run. With no Mark Teixeira in the lineup, Beltran has to provide the power for this Yankees team. Clearly counting on Alex Rodriguez is just a crap-shoot when it comes to the playoffs. A-Rod is also just 1-7 in his career vs Keuchel with 4 strikeouts.

It will be a tough going for the Yankees lefties facing a left hander like Keuchel. Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Greg Bird will have to hope Keuchel does not bring his best stuff on Tuesday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the Yankees lineup

.279 batting average, 22 doubles, 22 home runs, 68 RBI and 52 runs scored. Would you believe those numbers belong to a 21 year old who has only played 99 career games? Well you better believe it. Carlos Correa is destroying MLB pitching and just turned 21 in late September. This kid is the face of the Astros future and could be in line for a big Wild Card game. Correa went 2-3 off of Tanaka with a home run in that lone start earlier this year.

Playing in a very small ball park, the Astros will stack their lineup with guys who have a TON of power! George Springer, Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus, Luis Valbuena and Chris Carter. A routine fly ball for these guys, very well could end up over the wall.

The Astros also have a little guy named Jose Altuve - he's pretty good.

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