Here is the All-time Yankees-Astros team

Here is the All-time Yankees-Astros team



There’s not much history between the Yankees and Astros but enough players have spent time with both teams, so here is the Daily News’ all-time Yankees-Astros team as we await ALCS Game 1:


FIRST BASEMAN


Bob Watson: Hit .297 with 139 homers as a two-time All-Star in 14 Astro seasons 1966-79. Hit .371 in 17 postseason games with Yankees in 1980 & ’81 then returned as GM of ’96 title team.


Backup: Joe Pepitone


SECOND BASEMAN


Jose Vizcaino: Made his one Yankee season count with game-winning RBI single in 12th in 2000 World Series Game 4. Was mainstay of Astros playoff teams 2001-05.


Backup: Dale Berra

Carlos Beltran has had two stints with the Astros and one with the Yankees.

(JAMES FINLEY/AP)


SHORTSTOP


Larry Milbourne: Slick-fielding infielder for Astros from 1974-76, but had his best years in Seattle. Highlight of two Yankee stints was driving in 3 runs in ’81 World Series.


Backup: Andy Stankiewicz


THIRD BASEMAN


Morgan Ensberg: Hit 36 homers and was an All-Star in Houston’s 2005 World Series year then closed out career with 80 games for ’08 Yanks.


Backup: Aaron Boone


OUTFIELDER


Carlos Beltran: Hit an incredible 8 homers in ’04 playoffs, had solid two-plus seasons for Yanks 2013-16 before returning to Houston.


Backup: Lance Berkman

Jose Vizcaino made his brief stint with the Yankees count.

Jose Vizcaino made his brief stint with the Yankees count.

(Albans, Mike)



OUTFIELDER


Jim Wynn: Toy Cannon belted 223 homers in 11 Astro seasons 1963-73 and got number retired. Injuries slowed career by the time he got to Yanks for 30 games in ’77.


Backup: Bobby Abreu


OUTFIELDER


Jose Cruz: His 13 Astro seasons (1975-87) made him a legend in Houston and his native Puerto Rico with 1,937 hits and two All-Star Games. Closed out career with 38 games in Bronx in 1988.


Backup: Bob Cerv


CATCHER


Brian McCann: Hit 69 homers in 3 Yankee seasons before being dealt to Astros for 2017.


Backup: Pudge Rodriguez.

Brian McCann (l.) is now catching for the Astros after spending three seasons with the Yankees.

Brian McCann (l.) is now catching for the Astros after spending three seasons with the Yankees.

(Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)


DESIGNATED HITTER


Cliff Johnson: Slugging catcher led NL in passed balls in 1976 before being dealt to Yanks to become DH, winning 2 rings in Bronx. Dealt to Cleveland after locker room brawl with Goose Gossage in ’79.


Backup: Mike Easler


STARTING PITCHER


Roger Clemens: Won Cy Youngs for both teams, went to World Series for both teams and came out of retirement to play for both teams.


Backup: Doug Drabek


STARTING PITCHER


Andy Pettitte: Won rings in both stints with Yankees, and helped Astros get to Fall Classic after awkward departure from Bronx in 2003.


Backup: Rick Rhoden


STARTING PITCHER


Joe Niekro: Won 144 games for Astros from 1975-85 then pitched parts of three seasons with Yanks at age 40 to 42.


Backup: Jim Bouton


STARTING PITCHER


Don Larsen: Hurled perfect game in 1956 World Series as highlight of Yank career from 1955-59 before going to KC as part of Roger Maris trade. Pitched for Houston in 1964-65.


Backup: Shawn Chacon

** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, OCT. 7-8 ** A OCT. 8, 1956 B&W FILE PHOTO

Don Larsen threw a perfect game for the Yankees in the World Series.

(AP)


STARTING PITCHER


Randy Johnson: Went 10-1 after deadline trade from Seattle to Houston in 1998 to help win Central Division. Had disappointing two Yankee seasons from 2005-06.


Backup: Wade Blasingame


CLOSER


Mark Melancon: Pitched parts of two seasons with Yanks before being dealt to Astros for Lance Berkman in 2010. Saved 20 games in 2011, only full season in Houston.


Backup: Kyle Farnsworth


MANAGER


Yogi Berra: Bill Virdon managed both teams but Yogi, a coach with Astros from 1986-89, gets the nod.

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