HOUSTON — And then there were four. The division series are over, and with them, the postseason field has been whittled down from 10 teams. The next round begins Friday night, with the Houston Astros hosting the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Don’t be misled by the teams’ regular-season win totals — 101 for the Stros, 91 for the Yanks. The clubs are far more evenly matched than it appears on the surface, with Houston having scored 38 more runs but New York having allowed 40 fewer. And assuming Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge are the top two finishers in the AL MVP race, it will mark the fourth ALCS in the past 25 years to feature both the MVP and runner-up. The most important thing of the night: Will Judge return to form? After recording two hits, including a two-run homer, in the wild-card victory over the Minnesota…

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