HOUSTON — The Yankees have seen Dallas Keuchel within the postseason earlier than, and it wasn’t one thing they’d like to recollect.
And it wasn’t simply that wild-card outing in The Bronx two years in the past that sticks within the Yankees’ thoughts as Keuchel heads into Friday’s Recreation 1 of the ALCS.
In six common-season begins towards the Yankees, the lefty is four-2 with a 1.forty one ERA. He’s walked simply six in forty four ²/₃ innings, whereas putting out forty five.
“Properly, I feel when he appears on the market and sees the Yankee uniform, perhaps we will make him really feel just a little bit higher,” Houston supervisor A.J. Hinch stated at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, when each groups labored out prematurely of the collection.
“I do know there’s a confidence degree,’’ Hinch stated. “And to be trustworthy with you, when Dallas is true, he’s assured towards anyone. I don’t assume who the names are or who the jersey is, he is aware of he can get anyone out within the league.”
Keuchel hasn’t pitched greater than six innings since Sept. four, however the southpaw has fared properly these days. Most lately, he held the Purple Sox to at least one run in 5 ²/₃ innings in a Recreation 2 victory within the ALDS.
Few groups, although, have struggled extra towards Keuchel than the Yankees. In his solely outing towards them this yr, he held them to an unearned run in six innings.
Keuchel isn’t fairly positive why he’s been so dominant.
“It’s not simply because it’s the Yankees,” Keuchel stated. “I feel it’s simply been a end result of command, location, perhaps somewhat bit extra confidence. And simply because it’s the Yankees, you sort of get slightly bit extra amped and slightly extra jittery as a result of it’s the pinstripes and such a storied group.”
However it’s a considerably totally different group than the one which was within the wild-card recreation in 2015. Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius and Greg Chook might be the one carryovers from that recreation in Friday’s beginning lineup, with newcomers comparable to Aaron Decide, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks within the lineup.
“He was actually good that yr and he was actually good that recreation,” Hen stated after the Yankees labored out. “However I feel we’re assured proper now basically. You’ve obtained to beat nice groups, you’ve acquired to beat nice pitchers to get the place you need to be.”
Hinch is not sure how a lot of a carryover there’s from that recreation.
“There’s a small historical past with a few of these guys, however a number of these younger guys which are new to the Yankees during the last yr or so don’t have a ton of at-bats towards him,”…