Gone is the team with the best record, best pitcher (Cleveland's Game 5 starter, Corey Kluber) and (statistically) best bullpen.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Astros are a -175 favorite to win the series.
The Yankees will be going with RHP Sonny Gray in Game 1 of the ALCS. The Yankees, in having to go to five games, will now be rolling into the ALCS with little time off.
The Astros lead the season series 5-2 and the total went under in the first two meetings, but since has gone over the last five times.
NY rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to stun Cleveland in five games in the ALDS, taking Game 5 by a count of 5-2 on the road Wednesday.
Judge was extremely excited about being four wins away from the World Series. The Astros and the Yankees have played each other in seven games in the regular season. Gray carried a 1.21 WHIP with 153 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings during the regular season. But shortstop Didi Gregorius was awesome on Wednesday, hitting a pair of home runs in his first two turns against Kluber to put NY up 3-0.
Judge hit a home run in the Yankees' victory over the Twins in the AL wild-card game. In his 14-5 record during the regular season, Keuchel posted a 2.90 ERA with 125 Ks.
The Yankees will be facing Dallas Keuchel in Game 1, but it's unknown who Joe Girardi will counter with.
-David Robertson came out of the bullpen in the fifth to give NY the first 2 2/3 innings of 4 2/3 innings of no-hit relief. He allowed one unearned run on five hits with nine strikeouts and one walk over six innings in a win over the Yankees earlier this year. As of Sunday, October 8, three teams are on the verge of moving onto the Championship Series in their respective leagues. NY finished second behind Houston in runs, total bases and on-base percentage.
Aaron Judge did make a game-saving catch in Game 3 and delivered a key two-run double in Game 4. He also became the first player to have three postseason games with four strikeouts.
A lot has changed in two years, and both teams have a real chance to win this year's Fall Classic. Counting the AL Wild Card game, the Yankees have survived elimination in four games. While the Astros do have some decent arms, they haven't had almost the reliability of the Yankees' pen. The Yankees will be appearing their 16th LCS, the most of any major-league franchise, while the Astros haven't reached that round since 2005 when they were in the National League and defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.