2022 ALCS Game 4 Preview: facts and storylines for Astros vs. Yankees

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 02: Lance McCullers Jr. #43 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 02, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

2022 ALCS Game 4 Preview: facts and storylines for Astros vs. Yankees

It shaped up to be the most challenging game of the series for the Astros, who had to go into Yankee Stadium and not just deal with the hostile crowd, but the Yankees’ best pitcher, Gerrit Cole, in Game 3. When the game went final, though, it showed that the Astros were, and are, in control of this series.

Houston now gets to keep the pressure on New York, with the Astros needing just one win in the next four games to eliminate the Yankees and advance to their fourth World Series in the last six seasons. Here’s a quick look at the game ahead: 

Game Facts

When: Sunday, 10/23/2022, 6:07 p.m. CT

Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

TV/Streaming: TBS / Watch TBS App

Pitching Matchup: Lance McCullers Jr. (4-2, 2.27 ERA) vs. Nestor Cortes (12-4, 2.44 ERA)

Series: HOU leads 3-0

Series Schedule

Date & Time (Central)LocationPitching Matchup
Game 1Final: HOU 4, NYY 2Minute Maid Park, HoustonVerlander vs. Taillon
Game 2Final: HOU 3, NYY 2Minute Maid Park, HoustonValdez vs. Severino
Game 3Final: HOU 5, NYY 0Yankee Stadium, BronxJavier vs. Cole
Game 4Sun 10/23/2022, 6:07 p.m.Yankee Stadium, BronxMcCullers Jr. vs. Cortes
Game 5*Mon 10/24/2022, 3:07 p.m.Yankee Stadium, BronxVerlander vs. Taillon^
Game 6*Tue 10/25/2022, 5:07 p.m.Minute Maid Park, HoustonValdez vs. Severino^
Game 7*Wed 10/26/2022, 6:37 p.m.Minute Maid Park, HoustonJavier vs. Cole^
* If neccessary.
^ Projected starters

One game away

Both teams are one win away. The Astros are one win away from advancing to the World Series and have four games to get that victory. The Yankees are one loss away from having their season end in disappointment, making each game a do-or-die scenario. So far in this series, New York’s offense cannot crack Houston’s terrific pitching, making their lineup the hot topic. 

In Game 4, we’ll see how they handle the highest of high-pressure situations, as they will need to put runs on the board to save their season. Although they haven’t been terrible, the Yankee’s pitching staff will be under similar pressure to keep Houston from putting up big innings that will put the game out of reach for their struggling offense. 

For Houston, do more of the same

We’ve been saying it all year, this group of pitchers that Houston has assembled is terrific and has been the cornerstone of their run to this point. On Sunday, they’ll look to replicate a winning formula: have your starter get into the middle or late innings with a lead or at least in a close game and hand the ball off to the bullpen to do the rest.

Just like the Yankees will have nearly everyone available to try and avoid elimination, the Astros, having just had a day off on Thursday and getting several days off if they can complete the sweep, can call on virtually anyone from their bullpen. The key for Houston will be trying to start each pitcher with a clean inning, so ideally, Lance McCullers Jr. and those that follow can avoid getting into too many jams that could cause a scramble to get someone in the game quickly. 

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