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Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Division Series Friday Oct. 6 2017 in Houston

Judge, in particular, was a mess at the plate, becoming the first player to have three four-strikeout games in one series.

The plays: Yankees plus-160 in series; Over 8.5 EVEN in Game 1; lean to Overs in other games at 9 runs or below.

After winning four elimination games of the playoffs, the Yankees have something going on here. Cleveland won 102 games to the Astros' 101, had a 22-game winning streak and went 45-12 from August 2 to the end of the regular season. Only 13 other teams have participated in the World Series in the last 10 years. Keucheul is 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 71 2/3 home innings this season.

The man who earned front-page glory, shortstop Didi Gregorius, whose two home runs gave NY the early lead, which they never gave up.

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NY rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to stun Cleveland in five games in the ALDS, taking Game 5 by a count of 5-2 on the road Wednesday. Masahiro Tanaka has been unhittable at Yankee Stadium, allowing six earned runs in 49 innings over his last seven home starts. Houston advanced to the ALCS by downing the Red Sox in four games in their ALDS series, clinching it with a 5-4 win Monday in Boston. Over those five games, Judge went 1-for-20 with four walks, with an astonishing three four-strikeout games. It was Frazier, still fairly new to the club, who said before all of them, "We have your back".

Getting on base: While the Yankees pounded their way into the playoffs, the Astros have an even deeper lineup - led by Altuve.

The last team to look as low as the Yankees did after Game 2 might have been the 2004 Boston Red Sox following a 19-8 ALCS loss to the Yankees that put them down 3-0 in the series. They have the American League MVP in second baseman Jose Altuve and get to play the first two games, and if there is a seventh game, in Houston. Houston finished just a shade behind NY with a 4.03 ERA from their rotation, though Verlander was only with the team for a month. Houston also gets production from Yulieski Gurriel, George Springer and Carlos Correa, who has pummeled the Yankees. Robertson may not pitch in the first game and Chapman just an inning if needed. Sonny Gray (3.11 ERA on the road) and Luis Severino (2.24 ERA on the road) would make sense as the team's Game 1 and Game 2 starters. Judge finished the regular season by setting a record for most consecutive games with a strikeout, and he's wrapped up the first postseason action of his career by setting another similarly dubious record.

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