New York is in Houston for Game 6 of their ALCS matchup after the Yankees jumped out to a 3-2 lead with a win in Game 5.
Luis Severino takes the mound for the Yanks tonight vs Astros’ righty Justin Verlander at 8:00 PM EDT in Minute Maid Park.
Astros’ skipper A.J. Hinch talked about returning to Houston and what if any advantage it provides when he met with reporters today, in advance of Game 6.
“Yeah, we're home,” Hinch said. “This is an environment where we're playing well. It's an environment that's comfortable, our daily routine, our home clubhouse. We get out to the game and there's going to be quite a few people there that are rocking Astros gear and ready to cheer us on.
“All of that can create a buzz that's all pro us. And I think players feed off that.
“Obviously the first time something happens, and you talk about the momentum adjustments we have to make, then all of a sudden the crowd gets into it, and the guy has to make pitches. Our version of 45,000 people screaming for us.
“Players love it, they adapt. And obviously we're proud to be home.”
Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi was asked about his team’s mentality going into Game 6 with a 3-2 lead in the series.
“Yeah, it does feel different,” Girardi said. “We've been on -- ‘we have to win today, we can't afford to lose today’ for a number of reasons. But I still think the attitude will be the same, win one game. That is what we've kind of talked about, and that's kind of what we've stuck to around here, and that's what you try to do, win a game on Friday night. Again, we're facing a great pitcher and facing a great opponent. But we have to win one game and that's what we'll stick to.”
The Dodgers await for whichever teams gets out of the ALCS...