The Yankees will play three games against the Astros (52-73) and then three against the Chicago White Sox (59-66), who are both in fourth place in their respective divisions. The Yankees are currently in second place in the American League East, 7.5 games behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles. If they win at least four out of their six games against the Astros and White Sox at Yankee Stadium, they will have a chance of getting the second wild-card spot since they are now three games behind the Seattle Mariners, and need all of the wins that they can get. The Blue Jays, who are half a game behind the Yankees, have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games, so it could be between the Yankees, the Mariners and the Detroit Tigers, who are tied with the Mariners, for the second wild-card.
The Astros have the 27th worst batting average (.242) and 22nd worst on-base percentage (.310) in major league baseball. However, Jose Altuve has been one of the best players in the American League as he has a .339 average, 67 runs scored and 46 stolen bases this season.
Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, the Yankees general partner/vice chairperson, recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS. She talked about Pete Frates, who was a former baseball player at Boston College who got ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) a few years ago and started this Ice Bucket Challenge, and Lou Gehrig, who was a Yankee Captain and played in 2,130 consecutive games. “He was the first athlete on the Wheaties boxes, I don’t know if a lot of you all knew that, he was in seven world championships, seven All-Star Games, he was truly a fine individual in every front,” Swindal said. “At the age of 36 he found out that he had ALS disease. He died two years later at the age of 38.” She challenged Derek Jeter, the present Yankees Captain, and the people who work in the Yankees offices in Tampa and the Bronx.
These are the pitching match-ups for the series between the Yankees and the Astros at Yankee Stadium:
Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. –
LHP Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.13 ERA)
LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-8, 3.87 ERA)
Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
RHP Michael Pineda (2-2, 1.82 ERA)
RHP Scott Feldman (6-9, 4.45 ERA)
Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-2, 2.30 ERA)
LHP Dallas Keuchel (10-8, 3.11 ERA)