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Yankees try to solve Astros' Cole in Game 3

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Houston Astros at New York Yankees

  1. The Astros drew even in the series thanks to Carlos Correa's walkoff home run in the 11th inning of Game 2. It was Correa's second career postseason walkoff against the Yankees (also a walkoff double in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS). He became the second player in MLB history with two postseason walkoffs against the same team -- the other is David Ortiz, also against the Yankees.
  2. Teams that open best-of-seven series going 1-1 at home are 48-39 (.552) in those series all-time and are 21-15 (.583) when doing so in a best-of-seven League Championship Series. Teams that win Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead in a best-of-seven LCS are 25-11 (.694) in those series.
  3. The Astros and Yankees have met 10 times in the postseason all-time (all since 2015) -- the team that has scored first is 9-1 in these games. Houston went 72-18 in the regular season when scoring first, second best in MLB, while the Yankees went 74-25, fifth best.
  4. George Springer knocked in his first run of this postseason with a solo home run in Game 2, the 12th homer of his postseason career. Springer is one of six players all-time with at least 12 home runs in his first four postseasons, along with Nelson Cruz (16), Carlos Beltran (16), Manny Ramirez (13) Miguel Cabrera (12) and Jim Thome (12).
  5. Aaron Judge took Justin Verlander deep in Game 2 for the eighth home run of his postseason career in his 23rd game. This ties Judge with Mickey Mantle for the third-fewest games required to reach eight postseason home runs as a Yankee. Only Bernie Williams (17 games) and Lou Gehrig (22) did it faster.
  6. Gerrit Cole's last 18 decisions have been wins and he has won seven straight starts, including two in the postseason. Cole struck out 25 batters in these two starts, second most all-time through two starts in a single postseason (Bob Gibson -- 27 in 1968). Cole is fanning 14.36 batters per nine innings in the playoffs, on track to top Max Scherzer's record in a single postseason (13.70 in 2013, min 20.0 IP).
  7. Luis Severino returned from injury on September 17 and has allowed two runs in 16.0 innings (1.13 ERA) in four 2019 starts (one postseason). Severino shut out the Twins over 4.0 innings in Game 3 of the ALDS, fanning four and walking two. In his six prior postseason starts, he had a 6.26 ERA, with 21 Ks and 14 BB.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 10/15/2019 thru 10/15/2019
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees used their 2008 first-round pick on Gerrit Cole with the hope he would dominate opposing hitters and pitch in a postseason game someday.

More than a decade later, Cole will take the Yankee Stadium mound, but for the Houston Astros, in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm just going to treat it like it's the next game, man," Cole said. "I mean, we know that they're obviously very talented, and it's going to be a dogfight."

The series is tied 1-1. The Yankees earned a 7-0 victory in Saturday's Game 1 before Houston won 3-2 on Sunday thanks to a game-tying homer from George Springer off Adam Ottavino in the sixth inning and a game-winning blast from Carlos Correa in the 11th off J.A. Happ.

"We know what's at stake," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "The emotions are real out there. The intensity, our fans were incredible these two games. We're going into a crazy environment at Yankee Stadium tied 1-1."

The Astros are aiming to avoid going 0-3 at Yankee Stadium as they did in the 2017 ALCS and are hoping Cole can continue the dominance that has made him a favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award.

Cole was 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and led the majors with 326 strikeouts. He then dominated twice in the American League Division Series against Tampa Bay.

In Houston's five-game series victory, Cole pitched in Games 2 and 5. He struck out 15 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings Oct. 5 and then helped the Astros advance by striking out 10 in eight innings Thursday.

"It's tough," Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge said of facing Cole. "A lot of people really haven't figured him out. So, we'll have a good game plan going into Game 3."

Cole is 18-0 in his last 24 starts and has fanned at least 10 hitters in 11 straight starts. During that streak, he has 135 strikeouts.

Cole was drafted out of high school with the 28th overall pick but opted to attend UCLA where he teamed up with Trevor Bauer. Three years later, Cole was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the first overall pick and then made his major league debut in 2013.

After winning the World Series in 2017, the Astros obtained Cole from Pittsburgh and he was 15-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 2018.

Cole did not pitch in New York when the teams met for a four-game series June 20-23. He allowed three runs in seven innings of a 6-3 win over the Yankees on April 9 and is 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in two career starts against New York.

Luis Severino will make his eighth career postseason start Tuesday and will pitch for the first time since allowing four hits in four scoreless innings of a 5-1 win over Minnesota in the ALDS on Oct. 7.

Severino is 1-2 with a 5.33 ERA in seven career postseason starts and 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two ALCS starts.

Severino started Games 2 and 6 in Houston in the 2017 ALCS and the Yankees will be hoping to get some length from him after James Paxton lasted 2 1/3 innings in Game 2, forcing the Yankees to use eight relievers.

The Yankees have scored 18 runs in their two postseason home games so far but could be without Giancarlo Stanton on Tuesday. Stanton homered in Game 1 but tweaked his quadriceps in an earlier at-bat Saturday and sat out Sunday.

"I'm not sure exactly what they'll run him through but we'll kind of see and then make a decision moving forward," manager Aaron Boone said at a Tuesday press conference. "But I don't really have much more information at this point."

If Stanton does not play, Cameron Maybin likely would start in left field

--Field Level Media

Updated October 15, 2019

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