Alex Bregman homered to lead the Astros past the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS. Can New York respond?

This is the American League Championship Series, ie the Astros are playing Through self-inflicted turmoil in the wake of an identity-theft scandal, they have reached the ALCS for the sixth consecutive season. It’s the third time they’ve joined in that run New York Yankees. The first two times, Houston won — much to the chagrin of Yankees fans.

And inside 1st match of this series was held. Astros ace Justin Verlander He was good as he got going, and Houston eventually broke through against the Yankees bullpen. The Yankees’ task as the Astros lefty won’t be easy in Game 2 Thursday night Framber Valdez takes the mound. He’s a quality starting machine, and one of the toughest pitchers to homer against.

While the Yankees technically boasted a better overall offense in 2022, it came with serious peaks and valleys. Aaron Judge Consistent with his history-making 62-homer season. The rest of the lineup is a work in progress, and manager Aaron Boone is making changes for Game 2.

Harrison Bader — a center fielder acquired for his defensive chops — has been the Yankees’ best hitter so far in October and will move into the leadoff spot just ahead of Judge. Rookie shortstop Oswald Beraza will get the start at shortstop and be pushed back Isiah Kiner-Falefa to the bench. A top prospect, Peraza got his first taste of the big leagues in September, batting .306 with one homer in 18 games.

The Astros are getting a serious postseason from their own rookie shortstop, Jeremy RockHe homered to seal Game 1.

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Game 2 begins at 7:37 pm ET on TBS. Follow all the action on Yahoo Sports.

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