Astros shut out Yankees in one-sided Wild Card game

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

The Houston Astros beat out the New York Yankees on Tuesday night to advance to the American League Division Series. Potential Cy Young winner, Dallas Kuechel, dominated the Yankees once again with his lights out pitching, giving him the record for best all-time Earned Run Average (ERA) against the Yankees.

Houston edged out New York 3-0, and the Astros jumped out to an early lead in the second inning off of Colby Rasmus. In the fourth inning, Gomez extended the lead to two with his own solo shot. The Astros scored one more insurance run after that, but it was unnecessary in the end as the Yankees could not muster up even one run.

Keuchel held the Yankees scoreless in six shutout innings. His lack of success on the road during the regular season was not evident in this game, as the New York crowd did not seem to have any impact on him.

The Astros, however, may have some struggles later in the playoffs. They face the Kansas City Royals first in the American League Divisional Series, who were arguably one of the top 3 teams in the American League this year. Also, Houston will not receive home field advantage in any of their series from now on, so Keuchel must show that he can consistently perform on the road.

Shutting the Yankees out in the Wild Card game is a major confidence booster for such a young team. Many compare this year’s Astros to the 2014 Royals because of their amount of young players and the fact that they are looked at as the underdog in most game. However, the Royals made it all the way to the World Series, so the Astros have a potentially big future ahead of them.

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