New York Yankees: The ALCS Shifts To New York, But Weather May Affect The Series

Nathan Solomon
New York Yankees
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; An view of the a field logo before game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros have split the first two games in Houston, and now the series comes to New York playing as a five game series.

The Yankees will host the next three games before going back to Houston for the final two if necessary.

Luis Severino will get the ball in game three against Gerrit Cole. Cole has been dominant in two postseason starts, but has yet to pitch on the road.

Giancarlo Stanton remains questionable for the game, injuring his quad in game one. Dependent on if he plays or not, Aaron Hicks might get a start for the Yankees.

Game four will be a bullpen game for both teams, but the weather does not look promising on Wednesday. If the game on Wednesday does not happen, the remainder of the ALCS takes place without an off-day. Game four would be on Thursday, game five on Friday. Saturday and Sunday for games six and seven would still go on as planned in Houston. They can’t push the entire series back a day because game seven would be scheduled the day before game one of the World Series.

If Wednesday is rained out, Zack Greinke would be in line for game four as Justin Verlander would be for game five. That would put Gerrit Cole for game six, and a bullpen game in game seven unless you go with Greinke on short rest. But, even with a rainout, the Astros may still do a bullpen on Thursday and the Yankees may too.

If the Yankees don’t do a bullpen game for game four, it would jump back to Masahiro Tanaka. But, they would only do that if Wednesday is rained out.

The ALCS has made its way to New York, but Wednesday has a threat to be rained out, and that would dramatically affect the series.