NEW YORK – October came early this week in the Bronx.
While the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees play each other in the regular season, the seven games they saw this spring revealed one thing: these teams are likely to see each other again this fall.
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Looking at this club, I see them as a really good team, "said Yankees manager Aaron Boone," we know that. I think we have their respect and we know we're a really good team ,
"But we also recognize that it is only May."
Yes, that's right. For another day But even if it is too early for the participants of this match to talk about the postseason, we can all overtake ourselves.
Everything about this ever-evolving Astros-Yankees rivalry feels like it's leading to another play-off meeting: Last season, Houston beat New York in the American League Championship Series with seven games to go to World Series, which would also win the Astros.
Three nights this week and four towards the end of April in early May, the opposition met in a series of emotional, high-energy and well-formed games that came as close to last season's dramatic postseason contests as the games of the season.
Especially late in the competitions, there was a scuffle in Yankee S. This was a reminder of what the ballpark introduced this season when rival Boston Red Sox came to town. As with the Yankees and Astros, there is an anticipation that the Red Sox will be in the postseason mix of the AL. Houston will welcome Boston on Thursday in a four-game set.
Luis Severino's masterful seven-inning, four-hit and 11-strike-out performance brought the latest Astros Yankees meeting to a climax when New York hit fifth on Wednesday : 3 won. The win, Severino's eighth, gave the Yankees their 10th straight win in eleven attempts, and their second row wins over the Astros. Overall, the Yankees picked up five of the seven games from the defending champion
"It's good, but you want to take five out of seven, I think, maybe more," said Yankees catcher Austin Romine. "But we just go out there and try to play a good ball, and if we play a good ball in what we are trying to do and our pre-game schedules, then good things happen."  Good things happened throughout the night for right-handed Severino, who was fighting another good starting pitcher in Dallas Keuchel in Houston, the crafty left-hander who entered the game with a 3.39 ERA. Although still comparatively low, he was ranked fourth among the five starters in Houston's electrifying rotation.
Justin Verlander (1.11), Gerrit Cole (2.05) and Charlie Morton (2.26) have Astros & # 39; Major League Best Team ERA (19659002) Although Verlander could beat the Yankees earlier in the week, Morton failed as Keuchel, not.
"It's great to compete against the best and succeed, no question," Boone said.
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The four earned runs that Keuchel approved on Wednesday were the ones he had given the Yankees the most in his career, matching the four he allowed in Game 5 of last year's ALCS.
Severino found the right balance with his fastball slider changeup use, recording double-digit strikeouts for the third time this season
Two of these games came against the Astros. In 16 innings against Houston this season, Severino has only allowed two earned runs. In 16 innings over four starts against the Astros last year, including the playoffs, he gave up 13 runs.
"They always crush me," Severino said earlier this week, pondering past appearances against Houston.
Over the better part of May, Yankees batsmen had knocked down opposite pitch. In the three game series of the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals met the Yankees last week alone 12 or 9 home team. In each series they each had a game in which they hit four home runs.
The Yankees did not use the long ball against the strong pitch staff of the Astros quite often. New York Hitter, on their way to setting a home record, only had four home games against Houston this week. They also scored only three goals in Houston four weeks ago.
In the postseason, the juxtaposition of hard thugs and small ball games could be a difference.
"I know I see it when I look at the field, I see 1 to 9 people sneaking around on the rackets, on every single field, you have guys messing it up," Romine said , "If you have a team, then you'll mess them up, they're very good at it, and you have to have this mentality to pull it off, if you want to defeat some of them." her good people. "
On Wednesday, the Yankees received contributions from Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Hicks, who entered into a collective 6-for-69 (.087) break-in in the first five games of the Homestead in
Contributions from unlikely sources can often be key playing time.
Only time will tell if this October there will be an ALCS rematch.
"I do not know if we will face them but if we face them or face a team, "said Severino," I'm ready and my team will be ready to compete. "