Aaron Boone and AJ Hinch will have to be alert and nimble in this game with all the pitching decisions they will make. One of the keys is not waiting too long to make a change, because some of the relievers they will rely on in this game are not programmed to throw a lot of pitches, or to sit down between innings and come back out again, or to face left and right-handed batters in succession.
But whereas in the later innings you might not think twice about taking out a lefty for a right-handed hitter, you can’t burn too many pitchers early in the game. But with the Yankees producing a lot of traffic on the bases, Hinch is feeling the pressure in the Astros ’dugout. He might have stayed a little too long with Brad Peacock, and he was practically begging for Josh James to escape a jam in the third. But James could not, as he walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases. Hinch went to Pressly, who got Didi Gregorius out on a weak ground ball but appeared to be injured on the play as he limped to the dugout.
The Astros have used three pitchers through three innings so far.
“It’s crazy thinking we’re in the Game 6 of the ALCS and we’re going to have upwards of double-digit number of pitchers pitching in a game of such magnitude, ”Hinch said before the game. “Welcome to 2019. ”
Meanwhile, Happ got through the third without giving up a run, despite George Springer’s leadoff walk. Luis Cessa was warming up for the Yankees, and the Astros are turning to Jose Urquidy in the fourth.
2nd Inning: Openers Give Way to Parade of Relievers