Houston Astros @ New York Yankees: Tanaka will continue playoff dominance

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Tanaka is the perfect man to get New York level in the ALCS

The Washington Nationals booked their place in the World Series on Tuesday night, now the Astros and Yankees battle it out for the final spot. Ben Steele previews tonight's game.

"A playoff ERA of 1.32 across 41 innings speaks to Tanaka's ability to control opposition lineups and consistently put the Yankees in winning positions, so Houston know their is little margin for error."

Houston Astros @ New York Yankees - Game 4
Friday, 01:05 BST
Live on BT Sport 1

Yankees should be back in the hunt with Tanaka on the mound

After last night's postponement Masahiro Tanaka and Zack Greinke face off for the second time in this series, with Tanaka looking to get the Yankees back in the tie. Tanaka earned the win on Saturday night, backed by a historic performance from Gleyber Torres. The 22-year-old infielder drove in five of New York's seven runs and Tanaka held Houston's bats scoreless, to continue a fine playoff career, that is yet to him struggle.

A playoff ERA of 1.32 across 41 innings speaks to Tanaka's ability to control opposition lineups and consistently put the Yankees in winning positions, so Houston know their is little margin for error. Zack Greinke is undoubtedly one of the best pitchers of his generation, he has won 205 regular season games in his 15 year career, but is yet to really produce a career defining postseason moment. Houston's starter has given up nine runs this October, and I expect him to concede a few more tonight. Look for Tanaka to earn a handy win.

Little Altuve coming up big for Houston

At the start of the playoffs Jose Altuve had made 131 playoff plate appearances and hit eight home runs. This month he has stepped in to the batter's box 32 times and hit four homers. The 5'6" Venezuelan is the beating heart of this Astros era and will expect to step up again tonight. I've already successfully backed him to hit a home run this postseason, and I'll be doing the same again tonight.

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