Two years ago, Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel dominated the New York Yankees.
He faced them twice during the regular season and vanquished them each time. In the American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium, he did the same, sending them spiraling toward a rare rebuild.
Because they have more money and are better managed than many teams, the Yankees’ rebuild resembled more of a retool. It lasted less than two years and never reached sub-.500 depths. Now, they are back in the AL Championship Series, again taking on Keuchel and the Astros beginning Friday at Minute Maid Park.
This a series not lacking for story lines. Aaron Judge and Jose Altuve, each team’s...