The New York Yankees have announced their starting pitchers for Games 1 through 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on their Twitter account.
Starting Game 1 will be Masahiro Tanaka.
Tanaka saved the Yankees’ season by pitching a gem against the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, pitching seven innings of shutout ball while allowing only three hits and striking out seven batters.
He struggled overall this season, going 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA and surrendering 180 hits and a whopping 35 home runs over 178.1 innings of work. However, the right-hander came on during the second half of the year, posting a record of 6-4 and pitching to the tune of a 3.77 ERA. Across 76.1 frames of action after the All-Star break, Tanaka gave up just 67 hits while fanning 91 hitters.
Luis Severino will get the ball in Game 2.
After a nightmarish American League Wild Card Game outing against the Minnesota Twins in which he pitched a third of an inning and got rocked for three runs on four hits (two home runs), Severino bounced back with a masterful performance against the Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS, allowing three runs on four hits while registering nine strikeouts in seven innings.
CC Sabathia will take the hill in Game 3.
The big veteran lefty helped close the door on Cleveland in Game 5 of the ALDS, going 4.1 innings and surrendering two runs on five hits while recording nine punchouts.
He had a so-so outing in a Game 2 loss, working 5.1 frames while giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits while walking three and striking out five.
Finally, Sonny Gray will be on the mound for Game 4.
Gray had a rather rough outing in Game 1 of the ALDS, lasting only 3.1 innings after getting knocked around for three runs on three hits. He also issued four walks and struck out only two batters.