Astros in ALCS: Dallas Keuchel to start Game 1, Justin Verlander Game 2

By Randy McIlvoy - Sports Director
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Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander

HOUSTON - The Astros hit the field Wednesday afternoon for a light, 90-minute workout at Minute Maid Park and they did so still waiting on an ALCS opponent.   

The clock is ticking down.

"It's the state of the union when it comes to the unknown in the playoffs," manager A.J. Hinch said. "But we don't care because we know we are playing, which is the key."

It will be either a trip to Cleveland to open against the Indians or here at home Friday night against the Yankees. You won't find Hinch rooting for either team.

"I think you get into choosing who you are going to play, you get into baseball karma -- which I do believe in. I don't want to be told a couple of weeks from now that I asked for it. For me, I'll stay out of the rooting business, but I would appreciate the home games," Hinch said.

Hinch said that no matter who the opponent is, Dallas Keuchel will start Friday's Game 1, with Justin Verlander taking the mound in Game 2 on Saturday.

VIDEO: Hinch speaks before ALCS

The players went through their normal paces after Tuesday's day off. The Astros are set to begin only the fifth championship series appearance in team history. This is a confident club that believes they are the best team in baseball. Inside their clubhouse, to a man, their chemistry is as good as it gets.

"After everything we overcame, the adversity, doesn't matter if we are losing, winning, and we keep going and keep playing, playing hard. And that's why I love this team so much," Jose Altuve said.

Carlos Correa also believes the Astros roster is special.

"Every single guy in this clubhouse, we all get along with everybody. We have fun in here, have fun when you go out there and play. This is the place we want to be," Correa said.

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