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Oct. 18, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

Astros move closer to another World Series appearance

League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Four Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

The Astros are one win away from returning to the World Series for the second time in three seasons. And with a fully rested Justin Verlander ready to go for Game 5 and if necessary, a fully rested Gerrit Cole for Game 7, it all looks good for the Astros.

But they still need to win one more game and they would probably like to do that so they can have both Cole and Verlander ready to go for the World Series.

And there is this note.

The Yankees have not lost three-straight games at home to the same team since Cleveland beat them three straight from August 28 - 30, 2017.

The Yankees have not lost three straight games at home to the same team in the postseason since 1942 when the Cardinals took three straight at Yankee Stadium to win the World Series 4-1.

Astros at Yankees - ALCS (Astros lead 3-1)

The Yankees perhaps best chance in this game was with one run in and the bases-loaded in the first inning. Alas, all they got was that run and that lead would be erased by a three-run homer from George Springer off Masahiro Tanaka.

One difference between the Astros and the Dodgers is the success their young core has had in the postseason.

CC Sabathia came in as a reliever and he had to leave after recording two outs with what appeared to be an injury.

Not a great postseason for this Yankee reliever

Thursday’s scoreboard

Astros 8, Yankees 3

Friday’s schedule - Championship Series

4:08 p.m. PT: Astros (Justin Verlander) @ Yankees (James Paxton)