The Astros are one step away from reaching their first World Series since losing to the White Sox in 2005 as a National League team.Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is ready to help Houston beat the Yankees after enjoyinga banner year. Dallas Keuchel will start Game 1 of the ALCS Friday night, and Altuve couldn’t Trevor Rosenthal Jersey have been more pleased.”I woke up this morning and I was like, ‘Oh, Dallas pitching tonight, this is great,’” Altuve said Friday in a pre s conference.”And I love when he pitches. He goes out there and he plays a hundred percent every time. He’s very profe sional and he likes to pitch and we like to play behind him.”Altuve has reason for excitement. Keuchel enters Friday’s game with a sterling1.24 career ERA against the Yankees, which is best among active pitchers with at least fivestarts against them.The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 2. the six-time All-Star has been near-perfect since joining Houston from the Tigers moments before the Aug.31 waiver-trade deadline. Altuve couldn’t believe it when the Astros acquired the ace.”I remember I was at home that day and my brother told me, ‘Hey, we got him’, and I was like, ‘No, we didn’t’. And then he was, ‘Yes, we did.’I remember I saw my phone and MLB At Bat said, ‘OK, Astros acquire Justin Verlander.’ And I couldn’t believe it,” Altuve said. “I remember we had a day off the next day and I was like, ‘I don’t want to have a day off, I want to go play now, I want to see Justin with the Lance Lynn Jersey Astros uniform.’”So I think that was my feeling, but I know that the other 24 guys in the team felt the same way about getting Justin Verlander. I was so excited and I was like, ‘OK, here we go.’ It’s not a secret that we had a good team before him, before trading for him, but after we did that it’s like, ‘OK, now we go, now we got everything we need.’ And I was really happy we got him.”Houston is rich in young talent, especially in their lineup, but Altuve thinks the veteran leadership of a guy like Carlos Beltran could help the Astros reach their full potential.”Carlos has been in the league for 20 years and he knows a lot,” Altuve said.”He goes beyond just hitting and defense, he gives youlittle details that really help you to keep getting better and develop into the game.”Altuve will bat third Friday https://www.cardinalsedge.com/st-louis-cardinals/mark-mcgwire-jersey night against the Yankees.