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101-61, 1st in AL West
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Astros' pen struggles once again

Houston's bullpen was nothing special during the regular season (ranked 17th in ERA), but it's been an absolute mess in the postseason. That continued Tuesday, as the group gave up six runs in three innings of work.

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Yankees come back to even series (2:45)
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Yankees showing resolve in tying ALCS (0:40)
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Gray knew the offense would 'break out' (2:31)
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Hinch: 'No one is losing their job over this' (0:29)
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Big 8th inning keys Yanks' victory (1:40)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

What is it about the eighth inning of Game 4s for the Astros? It has all come apart here against the Yankees with a meltdown that could reach the level of that five-run eighth inning of Game 4 of the Division Series in 2015 against the Kansas City Royals.

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MLB postseason games lasting longer than ever

If you think MLB playoff games are lasting longer, you're right -- the average game is 10 minutes longer than last year, and 21 minutes longer than two years ago.

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Astros scratch across another run on Castro's error (0:41)
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Gurriel clears the bases with double (0:51)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance McCullers Jr. completed six innings for the first time since June 8 and gave the Astros more than they could've hoped. But the bullpen still needs to record the final four outs, and other than closer Ken Giles, Houston manager A.J. Hinch hasn't shown a lot of faith in his relievers in the postseason. Still a long way to go here.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees are trying to make yet another comeback in this postseason, and their MVP candidate Aaron Judge has started things off. Judge hit a mammoth seventh inning solo homer to center to put the Yankees' first run on the board and chase Astros' starter Lance McCullers. It was only the second hit McCullers had allowed all day. It was the second homer in as many days for Judge and his third of the playoffs.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Before the game, manager A.J. Hinch said the Astros were "one click away" from busting out. Click. Yuli Gurriel clears the bases with a three-run double, giving Houston the big hit it has been looking for since the end of Game 2. It was only the Stros' fifth extra-base hit of the series.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Lance McCullers Jr. has given the Astros five scoreless innings so far against the Yankees. Coupled with his relatively solid relief performance in Game 3 of the Division Series, it appears McCullers has fixed his problems from the last month of the season. But Houston's offense remains in a deep slumber against Yankees starter Sonny Gray.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

High praise from Astros ace Dallas Keuchel: "The Red Sox are the most knowledgeable group of hitters that I've ever pitched against. That's a compliment to their coaching staff, to their front office, to getting them ready, to the players to having a game plan."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vía Astros: Alineación para el cuarto partido de la Serie de Campeonato de la Liga Americana contra los Yankees de Nueva York. Los Astros han sido limitados a 2 carreras anotadas o menos en los tres partidos previos de la serie. La mejor ofensiva del béisbol fue limitada de esa forma en una sola ocasión durante la campaña regular, del 10 al 13 de septiembre.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Vía Yankees: La alineación de los Yankees tendrá hoy al dominicano Gary Sánchez como bateador designado y a Andrew Romine como receptor de Sonny Gray. La posición de bateador designado ha tenido pésimos resultados para el dirigente Joe Girardi esta postemporada, habiéndose ido de 28-0 antes de un sencillo de Chase Headley anoche en el tercer partido de la Serie de Campeonato, una victoria 8-1 para los Yankees.

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Romine enters lineup in Game 4

The Yankees will go with defense at catcher, plugging backup Austin Romine into the lineup and switching Gary Sanchez to DH. Carlos Beltran returns to the starting lineup for the Astros, who have only scored five runs and managed 15 hits during the series.

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Romine to catch for Yankees; Sanchez to DH

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will start Austin Romine at catcher in Game 4 of the ALCS because of his rapport with starting pitcher Sonny Gray. Gary Sanchez will be the DH.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann return to the Houston Astros' lineup for Game 4 against Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray after sitting out Monday night. The Astros are the highest-scoring team in baseball since the 2009 Yankees, but have scored only five runs through three games of the American League Championship Series.

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BBTN: Yankees Get Big Win, Dodgers In Control

After Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (:26), Buster Olney talks to Keith Law about the Yankees' win, but Joe Girardi's odd bullpen strategy, Yu Darvish's resurgence and more (5:14). Plus, Dodgers PxP man Joe Davis with some "Inside Heat" on L.A's run, his first year succeeding Vin Scully and more (29:16). Also, Marly Rivera weighs in on Alex Cora's managerial candidacy and Jose Altuve's perfectionism (37:25).

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Houston, we have a bat problem

After averaging six runs per game in the ALDS, the Astros' offense has averaged just 1.7 runs per game in the ALCS. Houston scored just one run or fewer 20 times during the regular season, tied with the Twins for fewest in the American League. (ESPN Stats & Info)

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.1211th
Quality Starts67Tied-18th
WHIP1.278th
BAA.2406th
Runs8961st
Batting Average.2821st
On Base Percentage.3461st
Slugging Percentage.4781st