It will be the New York Yankees against the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.
The Yankees advanced by beating the Indians 5-2 in Game 5 of their best-of-five American League Division Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Wednesday. The Astros beat the Boston Red Sox in four games in the other ALDS.
The ALCS begins at 8:08 p.m. ET on Friday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Yankees will be appearing their 16th LCS, the most of any major-league franchise, while the Astros haven’t reached that round since 2005 when they were in the National League and defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here are five things to watch in the ALCS:
Clash of traditions
The Astros have never won a World Series since their inception in 1962, and their lone appearance came in 2005 when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in four games. Conversely, the Yankees have 26 World Series championships.
The Astros lost 106 games in 2011, 107 in 2012 and…