ALCS GAME 6: Brad Peacock will open for Astros in a bullpen game: “We decided to go with Peacock just because their lineup is really good at the top, and Brad’s really good at matching up against those guys. And he’s got one of the calmest heartbeats in our club. He’s kind of been there, done that. He’s closed games in the World Series. He’s pitched in a variety of roles for us. The moment is not going to be too big. He can execute pitches. I thought the way he threw the ball last night in the eight pitches was encouraging. And who better to kick off the chaos of a bullpen day than a calm Brad Peacock.” –AJ Hinch

41 RHP Brad Peacock O.OO ERA (0ER/1IP), 1G

Last Win: — Save: 2017 WS (3) Loss: — Blown SV: –2019 ALCS: 0-0-0, 0.00 (0ER/1IP), 1G Postseason Career: 0-0-1, 4.73 (7ER/13.1IP), 8G

• made his first postseason appearance in Game 5 of the ALCS…tossed a scoreless 8th inning with 1 strikeout on 8 pitches.

• is on the Astros ALCS roster after not making the ALDS roster…did not make the Astros postseason rosters in 2018, but was a key factor in Houston’s 2017 World Series run…pitched in 7 games (1 start) in the 2017 postseason.

• pitched in 4 games in the 2017 World Series, posting a 2.45 ERA (2ER/7.1IP) with 8 strikeouts…tossed a 3.2-inning save (no hits allowed) in Game 3, the longest save in the World Series since Madison Bumgarner’s 5-inning save in 2014.

• over his career (including postseason) has held righties to a .198 (211×1065) batting average…held right-handed hitters to a .179 (32×179) batting average and a .553 OPS (.251 OBP/.302 SLG) this season.

ALCS GAME 6: Chad Green will be the opener for Yankees.

57 CHAD GREEN—RHP • Has made the postseason for the third time in his career (2017-19)…has allowed just 3ER over his last 15.2IP in the postseason (12K)…ALDS: earned his second career postseason win in ALDS Game 3 at Minnesota…struck out four batters in 2.0IP in his playoff debut in 2017 AL Wild Card Game win vs Minnesota, becoming the fi rst Yankee to strike out his fi rst four playoff batters faced. • Made 39 relief appearances and 15 opening assignments in 2019…the Yankees went 11-4 when he opened, his fi rst starts since June 2017…had 98K, falling 2K short of his second career 100K season (103K in 2017). • Over his fi nal 11 appearances in 2019, struck out 34 batters with just 6BB in 17.2IP. • Had three appearances with at least 4K and no base runners, tied for the Major League lead (also John Brebbia, Josh Hader and Drew Pomeranz)…has seven such games since the start of 2017, trailing only Hader (8) for most in the Majors.

EPISODE TWO: The Yankees trail Houston in the 2019 ALCS, three-games-to-two… won Game 5 at Yankee Stadium on Friday after losing three straight (Games 2-4)… the winner will advance to face the Washington Nationals, who swept St. Louis in 4G in the NLCS… continue the series with Game 6 tonight in Houston.

Marks their 17th trip to the ALCS, the most all-time (for full list, see p. 143 of Yankees’ 2019 Postseason Media Guide or p. 350 of 2019 Media Guide)… have advanced in 11 of their 16 ALCS, but have been eliminated in their last three trips

Trail, 3-2, in a best-of-seven series for the 10th time in franchise history… are 6-3 in Game 6 when down, 3-2, and have come back to win two series (won Games 6-7 on the road in both): 1958 World Series vs. the Milwaukee Braves and 1952 World Series vs. Brooklyn… is their second time trailing, 3-2, in the ALCS, also 2010 ALCS vs. Texas (lost Game 6).

Tonight marks the Yankees’ second potential elimination game of the 2019 postseason (1-0 in 2019)… over the last three postseasons, are 6-2 in potential elimination games, including 1-1 on the road.

ALCS GAME 6: Tonight’s game will be a bullpen game for both teams, with the Astros bullpen being headlined by a trio of RHP Joe Smith (1ER/4.1IP), RHP Will Harris (0ER/4.1IP) and RHP Roberto Osuna (1ER/6.2IP) this postseason.

1 IF CARLOS CORREA .184 (7×38), 2 HR, 6 RBI 2019 ALCS vs. NYY: .211, 4×19, 2HR, 5RBI ALCS Career: .292, 19×65, 3HR, 11RBI 2019 ALDS vs. TB: .158, 3×19, RBI Postseason Career: .256, 42×164, 10HR, 30RBI

• went 1×2 with 2 walks in Game 5 of the ALCS.

• went 1×5 with a 3-run home run off Chad Green in ALCS Game 4…at 25 years and 24 days old, became the youngest player in MLB history to reach 10 career postseason homers, surpassing Albert Pujols

. • went 2×5 with 2 RBI and a walkoff solo home run in the 11th inning off J.A. Happ in the Game 2 of the ALCS…marked his 2nd career postseason walkoff hit, also Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS vs. NYY (walkoff double)…became the 3rd player in MLB history to record multiple walkoff hits in the League Championship Series, joining David Ortiz and Bernie Williams…joined Ortiz as the only players in MLB history with multiple walkoff hits against the Yankees in the postseason.

• became the 4th Astros player to record a postseason walkoff HR, (last, Chris Burke in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS vs. ATL)..also became the 2nd player with multiple walkoff RBI in the postseason in club history, joining Denny Walling.

• has 30 RBI in the postseason, the most in Astros history.

• in his career against the Yankees (including the postseason), has hit .314 (49×156) with 11 doubles, 11 HR, 32 RBI and a .972 OPS in 41 games…batted .333 (9×27) with 3 doubles, 1 HR and 3 RBI in the 2017 ALCS vs. the Yankees.

• his 10 HR and 30 RBI in the postseason rank 2nd by a shortstop in MLB history, behind only Derek Jeter (20 HR, 61 RBI)…tied Albert Pujols and Mickey Mantle for the most postseason HR by a player prior to turning 25 years old (8HR)

Tonight’s game 6: The Astros will take another shot at closing out the Yankees tonight in Game 6 of the 2019 ALCS, which is the third postseason meeting between the two clubs in the past five years (also, 2015 WC, 2017 ALCS)…

Tonight’s game will be a bullpen game for both teams, with the Astros bullpen being headlined by a trio of RHP Joe Smith (1ER/4.1IP), RHP Will Harris (0ER/4.1IP) and RHP Roberto Osuna (1ER/6.2IP) this postseason.

Game 6 history: Tonight marks the Astros sixth Game 6 in club history, in which they’ve gone 2-3 so far…two of those came in 2017, in the ALCS vs. NYY (7-1 win) and in the World Series at LAD (3-1 loss). championship series history:

This marks the Astros third straight trip to the ALCS and their seventh appearance overall in a League Championship Series (1980, 1986, 2004-05, 2017-19)…they are the first team to advance to three straight ALCS since the 2011-13 Tigers, a team also fronted by RHP Justin Verlander…this series is a rematch of the 2017 ALCS, won by the Astros in seven games, with all seven games won by the home team. one win away: A win tonight would advance the Astros to their third World Series appearance in franchise history and their second in the last three seasons, having reached the series in 2005 and 2017…the Astros lost the 2005 World Series in four games to the White Sox, while the 2017 club defeated the Dodgers in a thrilling seven games

. Astros up 3-2: This marks just the Astros fourth 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series in franchise history, also reaching this point in the 2004 NLCS (STL), the 2005 NLCS (STL) and the 2017 WS (LAD)…the Astros lost the 2004 NLCS, but won the 2005 NLCS in six games and the 2017 WS in seven. vs. the Yankees: The Astros and Yankees have formed a solid rivalry in recent years, as the two clubs have met in the postseason in three of the last five seasons…Houston dispatched New York in the previous two occasions, winning the 2015 Wild Card Game in New York and winning the ALCS in seven games in 2017…the Astros went 4-3 against the Yanks in the 2019 regular season, 3-0 at home and 1-3 in the Bronx.

BRUINS AT MAPLE LEAFS NOTES: Frederik Andersen is 11-2-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in 13 career regular-season appearances against Boston.

BOSTON BRUINS (5-1-1 – 11 Points) vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (4-3-1 – 9 Points)

OCT. 19, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON)

▪ TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BOSTON

ALL-TIME RECORD: 277-298-98-10 ALL-TIME at HOME: 173-110-51-3 2018-19: 1-3-0 LAST 5: 2-3-0 LAST 10: 6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BOSTON

GAMES: Jason Spezza (60), John Tavares (34), Cody Ceci (21) POINTS: Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (27), Mitch Marner (18) GOALS: Jason Spezza (18), John Tavares (14), Mitch Marner (5) ASSISTS: Jason Spezza (33), Mitch Marner (13), John Tavares (13) PENALTY MINUTES: Jason Spezza (33), Martin Marincin (10), John Tavares (10)

MAPLE LEAFS – BRUINS TEAM STATS

TORONTO BOSTON

GOALS FOR (Rank): 31 (t-2nd) 19 (t-19th)

GOALS AGAINST (Rank): 27 (t-22nd) 13 (2nd)

POWER PLAY %: 7/26 26.9% 8/21 38.1%

PENALTY KILL %: 21/26 80.8% 18/21 85.7%

SHOTS (Rank): 277 (t-4th) 214 (19th)

5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank): 371 (2nd) 255 (20th) 5-on-5

SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank): 55.3% (4th) 50.0% (15th)

FACEOFF % (Rank): 53.0% (4th) 49.9% (t-16th)

MAPLE LEAFS – BRUINS NOTES

  • Tonight’s game marks the 675th meeting between the Maple Leafs and Bruins.
  • – The first matchup between the franchises took place on December 3, 1924 when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Bruins by a 5-3 score in Toronto.
  • – The Maple Leafs have a record of 277-289-98-10 in the previous 674 matchups between the clubs.
  • – The Maple Leafs have a record of 173-110-51-3 in 337 games played in Toronto and a record of 104-179-47-7 in 337 games played in Boston.
  • – Toronto’s last win over the Bruins in Toronto came on November 26, 2018 (Toronto 4, Boston 2).
  • Frederik Andersen earned his first win as a Maple Leaf against Boston on October 15, 2016.
  • Kevin Gravel scored his first career NHL goal on February 23, 2017 vs. Boston as a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
  • Michael Hutchinson was originally selected by the Bruins in the third round (77th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. He later earned his first career win on April 10, 2014 against the Bruins as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.
  • Alex Kerfoot scored his first career goal on October 11, 2017 vs. the Bruins as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
  • Mitch Marner recorded his first career NHL point with a goal on October 15, 2016 vs. Boston.
  • Nic Petan made his NHL debut on October 8, 2015 at Boston as a member of the Winnipeg Jets and recorded his first career NHL point with a goal in the same game.
  • Jason Spezza made his NHL debut on October 24, 2002 at Boston as a member of the Ottawa Senators and registered his first career point with an assist in the same game.
  • John Tavares scored his 200th career NHL goal on March 12, 2016 at Boston as a member of the New York Islanders.


MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER
GOALS 7 (Matthews)
ASSISTS 9 (Rielly)
POINTS 9 (Marner, Rielly)
POWER PLAY POINTS 6 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 (Kapanen, Moore)
PIMs 8 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS 34 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN% 63.6% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % 70.6% (Spezza)
BLOCKED SHOTS 21 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS 7 (Marner, Mikheyev, Tavares)
HITS 15 (Moore, Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME 24:37 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME 3:01 (Matthews, Rielly)
SH TOI PER GAME 3:29 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS NOTABLES

  • Frederik Andersen is 11-2-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in 13 career regular-season appearances against Boston.
  • Tyson Barrie has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 59.2 percent, which is the highest mark among Toronto defencemen and the seventh-highest mark among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least five games.
  • Cody Ceci is tied for fourth in the NHL in blocked shots (21). He is tied with Morgan Rielly for the lead in takeaways (4) among Maple Leaf defencemen.
  • – Frederik Gauthier has started 4.8 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among NHL centres who have appeared in multiple games.
  • Michael Hutchinson is 2-2-1 with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage in six career games against the Bruins. – Andreas Johnsson had three points (2-1-3) in four games against Boston last season. Thirty-eight (20 goals, 18 assists) of his 50 career points have come on home ice.
  • Kasperi Kapanen established a new career-high for points (1-2-3) on October 16 at Washington. He has four even-strength assists, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL right wingers.
  • Alex Kerfoot has won 55.6 percent (20 won, 16 lost) of his faceoffs when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is tied for the 15th-most faceoffs wins when leading in the NHL.
  • Mitch Marner is tied for second among all NHL skaters in power play points with six (2-4-6). He is averaging 3.38 shots on goal per game through seven games this season. His career-high for shots on goal per game in a season prior to this season was 2.84 in 2018-19.
  • Auston Matthews is tied for third in the NHL in goals (7) and is tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (5) through seven games in 2019-20. He ranks fourth among NHL skaters in shots on goal (34). He ranks third among skaters who have taken at least 60 faceoffs in faceoff win percentage (62.3% – 43 won, 26 lost).
  • – Ilya Mikheyev is tied for second in points among rookie skaters (3-3-6). He leads all rookies who have appeared in multiple games in shorthanded ice time per game (2:34).
  • Trevor Moore is tied for the lead among NHL rookies in hits (15) and is tied for fourth among NHL rookies in takeaways (5).
  • Jake Muzzin is averaging 29.9 shifts per game, which is tied for the fourth-highest average among all NHL skaters. His 23:14 time on ice per game average is 2:00 higher than his career ice time average (21:14).
  • William Nylander has registered four (2-2-4) of his five points on home ice this season. He leads the Maple Leafs in backhand shots on goal (5) through eight games this season, which is also tied for the fourth-most backhand shots in the League.
  • Morgan Rielly is 10th in the NHL in time on ice per game (24:37). He is tied for fourth among all NHL skaters in assists (9). His 16 wrist shots are tied for the fifth-most among all NHL defencemen.
    CURRENT POINT STREAKS
  • John Tavares has goals (2) and points (3-1-4) in four consecutive games.
    RECENT MILESTONES
  • October 15: Morgan Rielly recorded his 200th career NHL assist. – October 12: Nick Shore scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf.
    UPCOMING MILESTONES
  • Frederik Andersen is two games from 200 games as a Maple Leaf.
  • Michael Hutchinson is four wins from 50 career NHL wins.
  • Auston Matthews is five assists from 100 career NHL assists.
    INJURY REPORT
  • Travis Dermott (shoulder) is on injured reserve
  • . – Zach Hyman (knee) is on injured reserve. –
  • John Tavares (finger) sustained a broken finger on October 16 at Washington.
    RECENT TRANSACTIONS
  • Oct. 14: Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned defenceman Rasmus Sandin to the Marlies.

“But I thought James (Paxton) was great today. He came in with just an edge, a focus. And that first inning, which was work for him, he kind of whiffs on the Springer ball where he gets the soft contact, infield hit, and now all of a sudden they piece together a run. First two innings he’s deep into the pitch count but he just kept going and felt like he got better as the night went on.” –Aaron Boone.

October 18, 2019

Aaron Boone

New York – postgame 5

New York 4, Houston 1

Q. Do you have a plan yet for the next two days?
AARON BOONE: No. Seve is set for Game 7. Tomorrow we’ll just figure it out. We’ll kind of talk about it tonight on the plane which way we want to go. But it will probably be a little bit of everyone.

Q. So obviously a bullpen game?
AARON BOONE: Yes.

Q. What’s your take on the state of the game of baseball where you come down to a Game 6 of the ALCS and both teams are going with a bullpen game?
AARON BOONE: I think it’s both teams trying to get outs and trying to do it the best way we can. We’ve had some — obviously a lot of guys go down this year and different people not available. We’ll just do our best to piece it together.

Q. Obviously this series has been a lot of missed offensive opportunities, BUT Hicks hits the home run in the first. What’s going through your mind when he hits it? Is it a sense of relief for you guys offensively or a sense of expectation?
AARON BOONE: It was just a really good string of at-bats together against obviously Justin, who’s probably the best time to hopefully get to him is early. With DJ going out there and getting into one and then Judge and Gleyber finding the chalk down there. I thought Giancarlo worked a really tough at-bat. And then Hicks, the same thing, and he was able to clip him.

It was huge to get off to that start, especially after they scored a run in the first inning. I think it really got our crowd into it even more so. And really Pax took it from there.

Q. Going out to talk to James before Chirinos’ at-bat, what motivated you to do that and what was that conversation like?
AARON BOONE: Frankly, I was up in the air walking out there. I liked the matchup and how he was attacking Chirinos. The last thing I wanted him to do was throw it down in a heater, which was a mistake that almost got him. I felt like I just wanted to get a look at Gary and at Pax to see — have a feel that he had a little bit left because obviously we were pushing him pretty far right there. But I felt like if he could execute, we liked the matchup there. He missed a spot and fortunately, got away from it.

But I thought James was great today. He came in with just an edge, a focus. And that first inning, which was work for him, he kind of whiffs on the Springer ball where he gets the soft contact, infield hit, and now all of a sudden they piece together a run. First two innings he’s deep into the pitch count but he just kept going and felt like he got better as the night went on.

Q. Talk about DJ’s contributions to punch right back. And his catch with the foul ball.
AARON BOONE: Yeah, it was huge. A tough play, especially on a night like tonight where it’s cold and pop-ups anytime you’re kind of going and there’s a breeze to track it and just kind of out-competition the ball. He just competed hard for it to make a big play, almost turns a really nice double play there, the 3-6-3 that we almost turned.

But setting the tone. He’s had some decent success against Verlander. To get us even right out of the chute there was big.

Q. The way that yesterday ended and today began with kind of another sloppy first inning, did you have any sense of dread and why do you think your team was able to pull out of that kind of bad continuation from last night?
AARON BOONE: They’re a tough group. They really are. So certainly that first inning started a little rough. But it didn’t phase them. They continued to grind, continued to make plays. Obviously the first inning our home half really I think settled them in a little bit.

But it’s what they’ve been good at all year is coming in the next day with an energy and a focus and an edge and a hunger. And it showed up again today. I’m not surprised but it was really good to see after last night.

Q. Back to the mound for a second. You go out there, you decide not to take him out of the game, and first pitch the ball is heading out to the stands in left field. What is going through your mind at that point, you’re thinking, Maybe I made a mistake here?
AARON BOONE: Yeah, just seeing the ball almost in slow motion, feeling like it’s coming in down and in right into the hot zone. And I’m like, Oh. But fortunately, it stayed in the ballpark.

No, I felt good about the decision. Again, I felt like he was good. I felt like the matchup was right. But definitely when it first left the bat, Oh, no.

Q. You have a great group of guys in your clubhouse. How do you keep them motivated going back to Houston to win these two games?
AARON BOONE: I don’t need to say a word tonight. Those guys took care of business today, man. They came in and got it done. And right after the game, we do our presentations and stuff, and it was energized, it was focused, it was intense.

First goal after last night was to get on the plane. And now we’ve got an opportunity to go play in a tough place. We look forward to that and can’t wait.

Q. What was your view of Aaron’s home run? Did you think it was going to go?
AARON BOONE: I did. And I didn’t race up to look at it. I just kind of — a lot of times what I do, especially in our dugout, anytime there’s a ball hit I go right to the hitter, because the hitter will kind of tell you what happened, whether it’s a foul ball.

So I didn’t climb the stairs or anything. I’m in my spot there and I just watched Aaron and kind of listened to the crowd. So I knew he got it all. Obviously it was just going to be staying fair. So I just fixated my eyes on Aaron, and it was a big blow.

And just the quality of that at-bat. Verlander is a tough matchup for everyone, but especially Aaron. And the way he grinded through that at-bat and got a pitch was obviously huge.

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“I don’t know how we’re going to piece it together tomorrow and the next day. I know we’re going to — today was a big step gaining confidence. And like I said, I don’t know how we’re going to piece it together but I have a lot of confidence in everyone going into the game.” –DJ LeMahieu

October 18, 2019

DJ LeMahieu

New York – postgame 5

New York 4, Houston 1

Q. After that little bit of a sloppy top of the first the stadium was pretty quiet. Your home run seemed to wake it up. What was that feeling like to hit that and feel the stadium come alive like that?
DJ LeMAHIEU: It was a good feeling. We needed a good start. I was just trying to get on base, hit something hard and get things going and put a pretty good swing on it.

Q. Your catch of the foul ball also fired up the fans. I was wondering the difficulty level of that. Can you just kind of talk us through what that was like?
DJ LeMAHIEU: Just trying to make a play. I was hoping it was going to stay in. Definitely wasn’t an easy one. And just kind of used my reactions and glad I came out with it.

Q. What did you feel James showed tonight on the mound?
DJ LeMAHIEU: Pitched great. His fastball was explosive, 100 plus pitches. Fastball still thrown hard. Uses off speed when he needed to. But we needed a huge start from him and he came through in a huge way.

Q. What is your mindset going up to the plate, you’re the first batter, potential elimination game going against Justin Verlander?
DJ LeMAHIEU: Just we wanted to give him our best shot. And just trying to get things going. We had a tough top of the first inning. Like always just trying to get things going. But we really needed to get it going today.

Q. The first inning gets even more impressive when you consider what Verlander did from that point on. What did you see when he got it together? What was he doing so well after that?
DJ LeMAHIEU: He was just off after the first inning, good pitch mix, good fastball. But we took advantage of his missed locations, when he was a little vulnerable. And that’s the difference in the game. But once he settled down he was tough.

Q. With Verlander being a guy that’s capable of getting better as he goes along, is there a sense of urgency in the dugout to capitalize on that situation in the first inning?
DJ LeMAHIEU: Yeah, definitely. But at the same time we don’t want to be up there pressing and trying to do too much, try to take what he gives us. And I think we did a good job of that the first inning, and some really good at-bats, and Hicks-y with the huge homer.

Q. With everything you guys have been through this year just how good does it feel that you’ve got one more game, one more flight to Houston?
DJ LeMAHIEU: It’s a good feeling. Last night was a tough night all around. Last night sucked. So for us to respond and keep it alive and get some momentum going was huge.

Q. Obviously you’re confident going back to Houston. Is there an extra level surge when you got to Game 6 without using the guys you would need to use in a bullpen game tomorrow?
DJ LeMAHIEU: Yeah, I don’t know how we’re going to piece it together tomorrow and the next day. I know we’re going to — today was a big step gaining confidence. And like I said, I don’t know how we’re going to piece it together but I have a lot of confidence in everyone going into the game.

Q. For three straight games you guys were talking about not getting a big hit, putting traffic on bases. Was there sort of a collective exhale when Hicks hits that home run, you have a couple guys on bases and finally you got that big hit?
DJ LeMAHIEU: Maybe a little bit. I think we all kind of expected something good to happen today, just the way the last couple days went. And first inning for us to do it, I think that allowed Pax to settle in a little bit and kind of all of us to get our swagger on a little bit again.

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