The Houston Astros host the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 2022 MLB American League Championship Series on Wednesday, October 20 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The game will be streamed live on Sling.
Right-hander Luis Severino starts on the mound in Game 2 for the Yankees, against lefty Framber Valdez for the Astros. Houston leads the best-of-7 series 1-0 after beating New York 4-2 in Game 1 on Thursday.
Yankees Game 1 vs. Astros kicks off at 6:37 pm Central Time (7:37 pm ET) and will stream live on Sling, which offers a 50% discount for the first month and $35 per month for each month thereafter. . TBS will broadcast the game nationally.
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Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros got ahead of the New York Yankees again.
Now they will try to take a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series when All-Star left-hander Framber Valdez pitches against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino on Thursday night in Houston.
It’s an off day in the NLCS, with the Padres and Phillies tied 1-1 as their best-of-seven series shifts from San Diego to Philadelphia for three games beginning Friday night.
Verlander rebounded from a rocky start and struck out 11 in six strong innings to lead the Astros to a 4-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday night.
Yuli Gurriel hit a tie-breaking home run in the sixth. Chas McCormick and rookie Jeremy Pena also dug deep as the AL West champions improved to 4-0 in the playoffs after going 106-56 during the regular season.
It was a familiar result in the power struggle between the teams in recent years.
Houston eliminated New York from the playoffs in 2015, 2017 and 2019 before going 5-2 against the Yankees during the 2022 regular season.
This is the Astros’ sixth consecutive appearance in the ALCS, their third meeting with the Yankees during that span.
Houston is trying to reach the World Series for the second straight season and the fourth time in six years. New York hasn’t since beating the Phillies in 2009 for the most recent of its 27 championships.
Verlander set a major league record with his eighth game for double-digit strikeouts in the postseason. He passed Clayton Kershaw (213) to become the career leader in postseason strikeouts with 219.
New York faltered 17 times total to just two for the Astros, the largest difference in postseason game history.
“They’re obviously very dynamic,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Excellent starting pitching, but he can shorten the game with the best of them. So we have to find a way to break through against them.”
Valdez went 17-6 with a 2.82 ERA during the regular season. He led the American League with 201 1/3 innings pitched and three complete games. In Game 2 of the Division Series against Seattle, he allowed four hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Severino went 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts this season. He gave up eight hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings in Game 3 of the ALDS against Cleveland.
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THURSDAY SCHEDULE (All times ET)
ALCS Game 2: New York Yankees at Houston, 7:37 p.m., TBS
In danger of heading to Philadelphia down 0-2 in the NL Championship Series, the Padres produced another big play in front of their raucous fans to put some oomph into the wild-card matchup.
Brandon Drury hit a two-run RBI single during a five-run explosion in the fifth inning and San Diego stunned Aaron Nola and the Phillies 8-5 Wednesday to tie the NL Championship Series at one game apiece.
The fifth-inning surge began with Padres catcher Austin Nola hitting an RBI single by his younger brother that brought to life the crowd of 44,607 who packed the innings and turned the towels over after San Diego trailed 4-0. early.
Drury and Josh Bell hit back-to-back home runs. Manny Machado sank late.
The rally was similar to the one the Padres pulled off on Saturday night, when they scored five runs in the seventh inning of a 5-3 victory that eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers with 111 wins.
Joe Musgrove is scheduled to start Game 3 for his hometown Padres against Ranger Suarez.
Astros star Jose Altuve, a three-time batting champion, went 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 1 against the Yankees and is 0-19 this postseason.
The 2017 American League MVP hit .300 with 28 home runs during the regular season.
“Jose, he’s got to stand out and have some notable games,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “This guy has been good for so long and sometimes the rest of your lineup has to put up with a guy like that until he gets going.”
OUT OF SEASON INJURY UPDATES
José Ramírez didn’t let a torn thumb ligament stop him from leading the Guardians through an amazing season.
Cleveland’s All-Star third baseman played the second half, as well as the team’s playoff streak that ended Tuesday in the American League Division Series, with a torn ligament in his right thumb that will require surgery.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners will enter the offseason with four key players who will need downtime or surgery to heal their injuries, including AL Rookie of the Year favorite Julio Rodriguez. The star center fielder broke his left little finger during the Game 3 loss to Houston that ended their AL Division Series.
The Guardians said Ramirez injured the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb during a June game in Los Angeles. The 30-year-old could have opted for surgery, which would sideline him for two months, but he decided to continue playing.
He will be operated on in the next few weeks. Renowned hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham will perform the surgery in Dayton, Ohio.
The Guardians said the rehab won’t significantly affect Ramirez’s offseason training or his availability for next season.
Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto said an exit exam this week revealed the 21-year-old Rodriguez’s injury, but he is not expected to need surgery. He was hurt sliding headfirst into second base with a double in the eighth inning of what became a marathon 18-inning loss.
Also needing downtime to recover from injuries are Seattle catcher Cal Raleigh (left thumb) and standout reliever Andrés Muñoz (foot), while outfielder Jesse Winker has already undergone one of two operations needed to repair injuries. in the left knee and neck that he dealt with. during the season
Associated Press contributed to this report.