5:08 pm: Houston Astros @ New York Yankees (Astros 2-0)
Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62) vs. CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69). Well, at least this series is going how we wanted. Both games have been incredibly tight, decided by the same 2-1 score in favor of the Astros. Houston has used just two relievers so far - a sharp contrast to most of the playoff games we’ve seen. Over 18 innings, they have held New York to 10 hits (a .159 average), with a K:BB ratio of 27:4. The Yankees pitching hasn’t been bad (keeping the Astros to similarly sub-Ueckerian .190), but hasn’t been anywhere near as dominant, with only nine strikeouts thus far.
Coincidentally, both men tonight had very similar outings over their last two starts. Each received a no-decision and allowed two earned runs over 4.1 innings in their most recent start, then two over 5.1 innings in their one before that - Morton vs. the Red Sox, and Sabathia against the Indians. Slightly spoiling the symmetry, is that one of Morton’s appearances was in the regular season. Still, the Yankees probably have slight edge here. They’ll need to convert that into a victory, since going 3-0 down to these Astros is not a spot anyone would want to be.