For all of Zack Greinke’s success across what is likely to be a Hall of Fame career, the former Royals ace hasn’t exactly shut hitters down in the postseason. Over his last two postseasons, he has made four starts and failed to get into the 7th in any of those starts.
He got roughed up in game three of the ALDS, giving up six earned runs across just 3.2 innings, good for the worst start of his postseason career. He also took the loss in game one of the ALCS, albeit in somewhat prettier fashion, giving up three runs across six innings of work.
He was out-dueled in that match up by Masahiro Tanaka, who has bee strictly dominant in the postseason. He didn’t give up a run in six innings of work last Saturday evening, the third time he had held his opponent scoreless in a postseason start. Tanaka has yet to yield more than two runs in a playoff start as he heads into his 8th start tonight.
He will do so in what might just be a must-win game for his Yankees. Gerrit Cole was unhittable in Tuesday’s game three match up, regaining home-field advantage for the Astros. A loss tonight would put the Yankees in a 3-1 hole with two of the three remaining games to be played in Houston.
The weather, which caused baseball to be played today, will continue to be a factor with wind chills as low as 39 degrees being a possibility.
Here are your lineups for this evening’s ballgame.