Game 7 looms in Houston
It's C.C. Sabathia against Charlie Morton on Saturday evening as the New York Yankees take on the Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.
The two matched up in Game 3 of the series at Yankee Stadium in New York and the Astros will be hoping that Morton is more on song after allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over 3 2-3 innings in the 8-1 loss.
With the all or nothing nature of the seventh game of the series, Houston manager A.J. Hinch will no doubt have a quick hook with Dallas Keuchel available for a relief appearance.
Meanwhile the Yankees send Sabathia to the mound and are looking for a similar performance to last time out. Then the veteran left-hander tossed a three hitter over six innings while walking four and striking out five.
Friday Justin Verlander kept the Astros in the series with seven innings of five-hit ball. The former Detroit Tiger allowed one walk while striking out eight and the Houston bats finally came alive for the first time in the series as the hosts triumphed 7-1.
That offense remains the key in Game 7 as the best hitting team in the regular season has not played that way in the play-offs.
Over in Los Angeles the Dodgers await the winner of the ALCS, resting up following their National League Championship Series victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Game 1 will be Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in LA and the pitching schedule already sets up for Verlander to pitch in the second and seventh games of that series, should it go that long.
There's just the small matter of getting to the World Series first with Verlander probably the only Houston pitcher not available Saturday night.
The Astros are 2.40 to win the World Series with the Yankees 4.70 and the Dodgers priced at 1.62.
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