ALCS Game 5 preview

Astros-Yankees Game 5 preview: Keuchel tries to right the ship

Astros-Yankees Game 5 preview: Keuchel tries to right the ship
Dallas Keuchel was great in Game 1. He will need to be again. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Astros and Yankees play Game 5 of the ALCS today. Here is a preview of the game. Check back during the game for inning by inning updates:

When: 4:08 p.m.

Where: Yankee Stadium.

TV: Fox Sports1.

Streaming: Fox Sports Go.

Pitching matchup: Dallas Keuchel vs. Masahiro Tanaka.

Series: Tied 2-2.

The breakdown: The Astros get another chance after last night's epic meltdown. The series now officially hangs in the balance. The pitching matchup is a rematch of Game 1 with Keuchel going for Houston and Tanaka for New York. The Astros will hope to get a similar outcome to Game 1 where Keuchel dominated the Yankees over seven scoreless innings including 10 strikeouts while Tanaka allowed two runs in his six innings as the Astros went on to win that game 2-1.

Series schedule:

                                                               

Winner                      

Loser

Pitching matchup

Game 1               

Astros 2                              

Yankees 1                                       

Keuchel (W), Tanaka (L)                                                          

Game 2

Astros 2,

Yankees 1

Verlander (W), Chapman (L)

Game 3

Yankees 8

Astros 1 

Sabathia (W), Morton (L)

Game 4

Yankees 6

Astros 4

Green (W), Giles (L)

Game 5           

Today, 4:08

Yankee Stadium

Keuchel vs. Tanaka

Game 6         

Fri. (TBA)

Minute Maid 

+Verlander vs. Severino

Game 7*

Sat. (TBA)

Minute Maid 

TBA vs. TBA

* Games 6-7 are if necessary. +-projected starters.

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Kiper has the Texans bolstering their defense in Round 2. Composite Getty, Wiki Commons image.

In Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest two-round mock, he provided insights into potential draft picks and areas of concern for the Texans as they prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft. The Texans currently have two picks in the second round.

When considering the Texans' needs, he selected Illinois defensive tackle Johnny Newton with the No. 42 overall pick and Michigan cornerback Mike Sainristil with the No. 59 pick.

Kiper praised Newton for his exceptional performance as a defensive tackle, noting his impressive 7.5 sacks last season, the most among FBS defensive tackles.

With the departure of Maliek Collins, Newton could fill a crucial void in the Texans' defensive line, providing much-needed pass-rushing ability from the interior.

Another prospect Kiper identified as a potential target for the Texans is Michigan slot cover corner Mike Sainristil.

Kiper hailed Sainristil as the best slot cover corner in the draft, citing his impressive statistics from the previous season, including 6 interceptions, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. With the Texans' re-signing of veteran corner Desmond King, there is still uncertainty about King's role on the roster, according to Kiper, opening the door for Sainristil to make an impact.

Despite his relatively smaller stature at 5-foot-9, Sainristil's playmaking ability and versatility make him an attractive option for the Texans' secondary. Draft expert Lance Zierlein thinks Sainristil would be a good fit in Houston.

As the draft approaches, all eyes will be on the Texans' front office as they make critical decisions that will shape the future of the franchise.

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