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Astros starter: Dallas Keuchel

  • 20-8 record, 2.48 ERA
  • Home record: 15-0; road record: 5-8
  • AL starter ranks: 1st in wins (20), 1st in innings (232), 2nd in ERA (2.48)
  • vs. NYY this season: 16 IP, 0 runs, 21 K's


Yankees starter: Masahiro Tanaka

  • 12-7 record, 3.51 ERA
  • Signed 7-year, $155M contract in 2014
  • June 27 vs. HOU: 5 IP, 6 ER, 3 HR allowed


Astros came from the very, very bottom

When watching the AL wild-card game tonight (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), keep in mind that between 2011 and 2013, Houston combined for a 162-324 record. But now the Astros are back in the postseason for the first time since 2005.


Sport Science: Correa's hitting mechanics

Sport Science examines the well-balanced, quick-handed swing of Astros rookie SS Carlos Correa.


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

For what it's worth, Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel is 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA with umpire Eric Cooper calling balls and strikes, with 23 strikeouts and 2 walks. Cooper has never worked a game behind the plate for Yankee starter Masahiro Tanaka. Stats courtesy of

Yanks enter wild-card game in funk

New York finished with six losses in its last seven games and barely hung on to home field of tonight's game (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). Will the Yanks squash the concept of momentum or end a solid season unceremoniously?


Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

Here's reason for Jays fans to worry: ESPN's "experts," which includes yours truly, unanimously picked Jays to beat Rangers in div. series.

A World Series prediction sure to go wrong

Jayson Stark doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting World Series winners. But this year has to be different. Doesn't it? Sorry, Toronto

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Keuchel's road game isn't the same

Dallas Keuchel's Cy Young candidacy rests on his insane numbers at home. He was pedestrian on the road, which is where he'll be tonight vs. the Yankees (8 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Carlos Correa: Same game, bigger stage

Despite the season being at stake, the Astros rookie SS said he's going to treat today's game like any other: "I gotta go out there and try to perform, not try too much because I'll end up doing nothing." And win or lose, he's still going to eat ice cream.


Grantland: Splitting hairs for Cy Young

Jonah Keri is going with Clayton Kershaw in the NL because he struck out 301 batters in 232.2 innings -- the highest single-season strikeout rate for any qualified starter ever not named Pedro Martinez or Randy Johnson. Other award picks

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Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Correa=a young A-Rod? Astros manager A.J. Hinch is not a big fan of that comparison, or any, for that matter. "I heard Cal Ripken. I heard (Troy) Tulowitzki. I heard Jeter and A-Rod. All we've ever wanted him to be is Carlos Correa," Hinch said of his 21-year-old shortstop. "I don't expect him to do anything more than his best, and his best is really good. And whether that's going to below A-Rod's career, even to A-Rod's career, or exceed A-Rod's career is going to be played out over the next two decades."

Player to watch: Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod revitalized his career with a 33-HR campaign in his first post-suspension action. Now he looks to get over his playoffs struggles. A-Rod's .187 slugging percentage in the playoffs since 2010 is the lowest for any player (min. 50 plate appearances).


yankees @yankees

@AROD gets locked in before tonight’s AL #WildCard Game.

Player to watch: Carlos Correa

The Astros made the rookie their starting shortstop in early June, and he responded by setting a franchise record for homers in a season by a SS (22). He can also get it done with the glove.


Gordon Edes ESPN Staff Writer 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he is not without concerns, given that center fielder Carlos Gonez is not fully recovered from his strained intercostal muscle, but he still wanted him on his lineup card. Gomez will be hitting sixth. "He's bouncing around the clubhouse ready to play...This was the time to do it. I just told him to give us your best and we'll gauge where that is, but there's no doubt he can be an electrifying force."

espn @espn

October is a week old, but it really begins tonight. Astros. Yankees. Playoffs. Live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

The 9 Astros starters tonight made $27,859,980 this season. Jacoby Ellsbury made $21,142,857 with the Yankees. He's not starting.