Houston Astros Outfielder Rips Yankees Fans After Game 3

Houston Astros Outfielder Rips Yankees Fans After Game 3

The Yankees now trail the ALCS 2-1, with Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday night in the Bronx, weather permitting, of course.

For now, the Astros and Yankees will focus on Game 3, and worry about Game 4 and beyond when the time comes.

The victor will face Washington and its well-rested, talented rotation starting in the AL city on Tuesday night. With the Yankees leaning heavily on their bullpen this month, the starter-driven Astros could be at an advantage.

"If we're going to win this series, our bullpen will still play a huge role, obviously", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. You throw a baseball from the third deck, it's got a little bit of moment on it. A postponement would allow both teams to skip what would be bullpen games and use their Game 1 starters, Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and Zack Greinke for the Astros. Tanaka pitched six sterling innings as NY won 7-0.

If the Astros were to come out of the AL, they would also be relying on their starters past Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, which isn't an ideal scenario right now.

But can the Yankees potent offense break through against Cole in Game 3?

"It gives everybody a day off and an opportunity to collect ourselves", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Notably, there's quite a bit of rain in tomorrow's forecast in NY, and potential postponement could buy the team some time to further deliberate.

The Astros now have a 2-1 series lead with rain in the forecast for Wednesday.

Both clubs had planned to use openers Wednesday, and NY will nearly certainly still use a bullpen day in the series, probably in Game 6.

REGULAR SEASON TOP PERFORMERS: Gleyber Torres leads the Yankees with 64 extra base hits and is batting.280. Even if Tauchman isn't added to the ALCS roster, the Yankees would have the ability to reset their 25-man group between the ALCS and a theoretical World Series berth. We're usually the ones throwing stuff at you.

Greinke, a 2009 Cy Young Award victor acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline, has struggled through two starts this postseason. He is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA, a 1.065 WHIP, three walks and 11 strikeouts over 10.1 innings in six career appearances, one start, against the Astros.

With two on and two out in the first inning, Cole walked Torres on four pitches to get to Didi Gregorius, who grounded to second. That could keep the rest of the club's arms fresher during this four-day run.

"I'm not going to let it define me", Ottavino said.

If the series goes to a seventh game, Cole would be on regular rest.

Yankees LF Giancarlo Stanton sat out for the second consecutive game because of a strained right quadriceps.

Stanton was set to receive treatment. "We've been through a lot this year", Judge said. "I know they're going to do their jobs, and I have confidence that I'm going to get another opportunity and I do my job, so I feel good about it". "That will be something that we kind of work through today and possibly even into tomorrow".

Brett Gardner, miscast as a No. 3 hitter, was 0 for 4. Both bullpens could be taxed come Saturday. "That's kind of a 50/50 play". "A lot of people are making a lot of the block". Guys aren't always set up to block a fastball.

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