Tyler Glasnow says he was tipping pitches against Astros

Ross Houston
October 16, 2019

The Astros will play the Yankees in the AL Championship Series starting Saturday.

"It's the matchup that we wanted, " Houston shortstop Carlos Correa said. It's must-see TV right there. Picking up back-to-back homers from Michael Brantley and Jose Altuve in the eighth sealed the deal.

The Yankees, off since finishing their three-game sweep of Minnesota on Monday in the other AL Division series, will go with James Paxton for Game 2 and Luis Severino for Game 3 in NY on Tuesday night. The Astros also won the 2015 AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.

Instead, the Yankees dispatched the Twins easily in a three-game sweep, while the 107-win Astros were pushed to a decisive Game 5 by the 96-win Rays.

Houston opened the game with four straight hits, including a two-run double from MVP candidate Alex Bregman. It's one thing to get beaten by a team of great hitters simply because they were better than you, but now Glasnow gets to spend the winter thinking about how, maybe, possibly, things would have gone differently if he just had thought a little harder about his glove placement. "He's got that knack for doing some special things for us, and he did it again". "Outpowered on the mound and obviously at the plate".

In the 3rd inning, Gerrit Cole didn't record a strikeout. You have three dominant starters, of which two are 20-game winners and the third an 18-game victor. "Yeah, if one guy goes off we're probably going to win". If they don't win today their season is over. He beat his chest once before walking to the dugout to a huge ovation from the rowdy sellout crowd of 43,418 at Minute Maid Park. I don't know if anybody can get better than that.

Along with the Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the two American League powerhouses are the only teams to have won over 100 games this season, with Houston winning an MLB-best 107, four more than NY. We faced Verlander twice this season for a combined ERA of 4.15 and a combined WHIP of 1.154. He certainly had the ability to shut down the Astros on Thursday night. It was Altuve's 10th career postseason home run, tied with Chase Utley for the most by a second baseman in major league history. That's 73 total innings, 33 more than the previous record. He would give out five hits early to give the Astros a 4-0 lead. But Tampa Bay managed only a single by Ji-Man Choi in the fourth and a walk by Travis d'Arnaud to start the seventh against Cole.

Roberto Osuna pitched a hitless ninth to finish off the win.

The righty threw just 61 pitches in the loss to the Rays and will be pitching on regular rest.

Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young Award victor, got the next four outs in his second career relief appearance after getting the save in Game 4.

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