Astros vs. Yankees AL Championship Series Preview

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrates with Jose Altuve #27 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrates with Jose Altuve #27 after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Defense

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 09: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during game four of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 09: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during game four of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

New York finished 18th in the majors in fielding percentage, while Houston finished 21st. The Astros were 12th in the majors in double plays turned, while the Yankees were dead last. By contrast, the Astros were dead last in stolen base percentage allowed, while the Yankees were 14th.

Houston features once recent Gold Glove winner in and Altuve, with Gold Glove-caliber outfielders in George Springer and Josh Reddick. The Yankees have a recent Gold-Glover in Brett Gardner, with strong defenders in Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius. Overall, it’s hard to claim one defense is better than the other definitively.

Edge: Even