Astros win Game 7 to defeat Yankees
The Houston Astros will play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series after defeating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.
Charlie Morton struck out five over five innings to record the win in a strong performance at Minute Maid Park.
The veteran right-hander conceded two hits and a walk before handing over to Lance McCullers Jr. who allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out six over four innings of work.
Crucially the use of two starters avoided the Houston bullpen, which had not been strong.
Ultimately an Evan Gattis home run was all the offense that the Astros would need in a series in which Houston's bats seemed to be hibernating.
The addition of Justin Verlander down the stretch allowed the Astros to beat the Yankees with pitching, but this is an offense first Houston side that were fortunate to get past the Yankees.
The Astros would score just 20 runs over seven games, two less than the Yankees. By contrast LA scored 28 runs over five games in their 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. This, while holding the defending World Series champions to just 8 in total.
The Dodgers and the Astros did not play each other in interleague play this season although Yu Darvish did face Houston twice while a member of the Texas Rangers, winning and losing once each back in early June. LA will be well rested heading into Tuesday's opener at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine.
Houston are 2.40 to win the World Series, while Los Angeles are 1.60. The Astros are 2.60 to win Game 1.
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