The Yankees will need more quality at-bats from their lineup beyond DJ Lemahieu, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres if they hope to fight back against the Astros in this ALCS.
Wednesday’s Game 4 postponement allows them to start Masahiro Tanaka on Thursday night as the Yankees look for more innings from their starting pitching. Zack Greinke will oppose Tanaka on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium with the Astros leading the series 2-1.
The Yankees’ lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS is out and Giancarlo Stanton is once again not in it.
Aaron Hicks will bat third ahead of Gleyber Torres with Brett Gardner dropped to the sixth spot in the order.
Stanton, battling a quad injury, jogged to first base multiple times and from first to third twice under the watch of coach Reggie Willits on Thursday afternoon.
The oft-injured outfielder has been available as a pitch-hitter for the past two games. The Post’s Joel Sherman reports Stanton is still on the Yankees’ ALCS roster.
Here is the full Yankees’ lineup for ALCS Game 4 against the Astros:
George Springer and Carlos Correa each belted three-run homers to bring the Astros within a win of reaching the World Series!
George Springer and Carlos Correa each hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros got another wild ace off the hook to beat the sloppy New York Yankees 8-3 Thursday night and reach the cusp of a second World Series visit in three years.
The Astros lead the AL Championship Series 3-1, putting the 2017 World Series winners on the brink of a showdown with the NL champion Washington Nationals.
Houston still has Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole queued up for this series, and the Yankees will have to beat both to survive. Verlander will start Game 5 on Friday night against James Paxton.
Aaron Judge had a feeling. “I knew we were going to Houston when I woke up,’’ Judge said of rising on Friday morning, with the Yankees facing an elimination Game 5 against the Astros.
“I just knew this team was going to come out swinging, going to come out strong.’’
That’s how it went in a stunning first inning against Justin Verlander.
For the first time in any postseason game in their history, the Yankees hit two home runs in the opening inning and sent the AL Championship Series back to Minute Maid Park with a 4-1 victory in the Bronx.
Early jump D.J. LeMahieu started it with a leadoff homer against Justin Verlander.
Aaron Hicks finished the shocking, first-inning assault with a three-run shot off the right field foul pole.