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Dusty Baker Unveils Starting Pitching Plans for ALCS Games 3 & 4

Tyler Maher
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has revealed his pitching plans for Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS.
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has revealed his pitching plans for Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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After winning the first two games of the 2022 ALCS in Houston, the Astros will travel to New York to battle the Yankees this weekend. The series will resume on Saturday for Game 3 at Yankee Stadium, followed by Game 4 on Sunday.

On Friday, Astros manager Dusty Baker revealed his starting pitchers for the upcoming games.

After starting Justin Verlander in Game 1 and Framber Valdez in Game 2, Baker will go with Cristian Javier in Game 3 and Lance McCullers Jr. in Game 4.

Javier emerged as one of the best starters in baseball this year, going 11-9 with a 2.54 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP and an 11.7 K/9 in his third MLB season. The 25-year-old righty has posted a 3.38 ERA in 12 postseason games, but this will be his first playoff start.

He'll be followed by McCullers in Game 4, who's a bit older and more experienced. The 29-year-old right-hander was limited to just eight regular-season starts this year but has a wealth of playoff success under his belt, including a 2.56 ERA in 17 postseason appearances (10 starts).

The duo is expected to go up against New York's top two starters in Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes, so finishing off the sweep won't be easy. Houston is in good hands here, though, as it looks to reach its second straight World Series and fourth in six seasons. The Astros are currently +124 moneyline underdogs in Game 3 but are -600 to win the series on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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