Doug Fister to start Game 3 against Astros

Another key figure who wasn't home-grown, Kimbrel was acquired from San Diego in November 2015 for a package of four players that included Salem alumni Manuel Margot and Carlos Asuaje.

NY finished the regular season with 91 wins. They ranged all the way from Game Three starter, to bullpen, to not even on the roster. Verlander owns a 2-0 record with a 1.93 ERA. In 78 innings, he has struck out 85 and walked just 19.

Altuve got his best results this season on pitches that were thrown in the lower half of his strike zone. Rodriguez was blasted recently allowing five runs in 1.2 innings on September 28 in his game with the Astros. The right-hander also went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Yankees this year and with NY starter Sonny Gray struggling, Bauer looks like the safer DFS bet today.

Pitcher Joe Musgrove realizes how important the Astros are to the city.

At one point, the right-handed pitcher was one of the better and more consistent pitchers in the Majors.

Sale touched 99 mph in the first inning and held it steadily, averaging 96 mph on his four-seamer, a tick above his season average of 95 mph.

Starter Justin Verlander spearheaded the effort in his first postseason appearance since 2014 and scattered six hits over six innings while allowing just two earned runs.

Trevor Bauer pitched 6-2/3 scoreless innings and combined with two relievers on a three-hitter, and Jay Bruce had a home run and three RBIs as Cleveland beat NY in Game 1 of their AL Division Series.

Gray has only appeared in the playoffs in 2013 with Oakland. Game five is the same pitching matchup as game two, with Pomeranz and Keuchel taking the mound. Going 4-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 55.1 IP, although the WHIP could look better sitting at an unsettling 1.27.

Even after returning to the Red Sox lineup at the start of September, the team did all it could to give the veteran second baseman more rest. The right-hander was 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA in six postseason starts previous year, then went 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA this season. Sale will make playoff debut in Game 1. The 28-year-old lefty has a 1.31 ERA in six career starts against the Astros, who haven't faced him since July 2016 while with the White Sox. That's great during the regular season, but in the postseason, everyone's obsessing over every move.

With a short series, it is not surprising that the Astros went with 14 hitters and only 11 pitchers.

Another time, much later, there was a seven year stretch when the Yankees went to the playoffs in seven straight years, winning the pennant five times.

Devers, who won't turn 21 until October 24, is the latest Salem alumnus to make his mark, and quite a mark it has been.

Verlander, a trade-deadline acquisition for the Astros, has gone 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA since coming over from Detroit.

The Astros' MVP candidate, Jose Altuve, put on a hitting clinic, though the Red Sox won't need to do much video review to figure out what went wrong.

After a week of speculation, the Houston Astros finally announce the 25-man roster for the ALDS. He allowed nine or more hits just once. At his next at-bat in the seventh, he'd go yard again, this time off of Red Sox reliever Austin Maddox. Only Benintendi shined (3 for 9, double, home run).

He has plenty of postseason experience from his time with the Tigers.

The Yankees led the majors in home runs this season, and Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner connected to lead NY over Minnesota in the AL wild-card game and into a matchup with the Indians in the ALDS.

  • Julie Sanders