- Can the Astros get back on track against a righty?
The Astros hit .283 (1,185-for-4,185) versus RHP this season, best in MLB (League Avg: .255). They face right-hander, Luis Severino tonight, but only managed four hits in Game 5, facing nothing but righties.
- Severino’s slider not just for whiffs.
Opponents have a groundball rate of 65.3 percent (126/193) against Luis Severino on sliders this season, second best in MLB (League Avg: 47.2 percent).
- Judge and Sanchez destroy the starter.
Gary Sanchez has 25 HRs in 289 ABs (11.6 AB/HR) versus starting pitchers this season, the fifth best rate (League Avg: 25/9 AB/HR). Aaron Judge is a hair better hitting 33 HRs in 332 ABs (10.1 AB/HR), the third best rate in MLB.
- Who can stop the Yankees right-handed power? Verlander can.
Right-handed batters hit .170 against Justin Verlander (36-for-212) in the second half of the season, eighth best among starters (League Avg: .260).
- The suddenly elusive fastball.
Josh Reddick missed just 9.5 percent (49/517) of swung-on fastballs this season, 12th best among full-time hitters (League Avg: 18.1 percent). Reddick has swung and missed on fastballs 44 percent of the time in the series.
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