Our Post experts predict the winner of the MLB playoff ALCS series between the New York Yankees and Astros that begins on Saturday night in Houston:
Ken Davidoff: Yankees in 6
Every path of logic leads to the Astros sending the Yankees home this week. But this is October. Strange stuff happens. The Yankees clearly are talented enough to pull off something strange.
George A. King: Astros in 7
The difference between the Yankees and Astros is razor thin, and having four home games gives Houston, which took four of seven regular-season games, an edge. The Astros’ top three starters trump the Yankees’ trio. The Yankees’ bullpen is better than the Astros’ pen. The lineups are deep and talented. If Gary Sanchez doesn’t break out of a 1-for-8, 4-K postseason funk, the Yankees won’t have the firepower to match the Astros.
Dan Martin: Astros in 7
The Yankees steamrolled the Twins in the ALDS, but are up against a much more formidable opponent in this series. Though the fact the Astros had to go the distance to hold off Tampa Bay in the first round likely works in the Yankees’ favor, Houston figures to be able to go to Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on full rest in four games, leaving the Yanks no margin for error.
Joel Sherman: Yankees in 7
I have thought these are the two best teams in the majors all year (sorry, Dodgers), and if this series were played 100 times, you might get pretty close to a 50-50 outcome. In the only one that counts, I will guess the Yankees will find a way to win a game (or two) started by Gerrit Cole or Justin Verlander.
Mike Vaccaro: Yankees in 6
If the Yankees can get a split in the first two games, get ahead in the series and stay there, all the pressure on earth will be on the shoulders of the team that won 107 games.