Stephen A. Smith professes love for JV, reacts to Yankees Game 1 loss to Houston Astros


Thursday on First Take, Stephen A. Smith and Jessica Mendoza react to the Astros win over the Yankees in game one of the ALCS, discuss how important it is for the Yankees to avoid going down 0-2 in the series, and point to the Astros ability to record strikeouts as a key moving forward.

Plus, Stephen A. talks about how much he loves watching Justin Verlander pitch, and much more!

In the longer video below, Stephen A. talks about his love for Verlander. Video above is a shorter clip.

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Jose Abreu looks lost at the plate.Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

We're only 14 games into the Astros season, but Jose Abreu is currently hitting .081 and has been moved down to the eight spot in the batting order. Is the end of Jose Abreu's time with the Astros approaching? Should it be already?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham and Joel Blank discuss his slow start to the season, and future with the club.

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