A feel-good roller coaster ride that over two-plus weeks has seen it’s twists and turns, providing for some thrilling and late nights over the last few weeks.
Three games into the ALCS, it’s pretty obvious that the Yankees have their hands full with the Houston Astros.
The Astros won over 100 games in the regular season. They have a lineup that has star power and puts the bat on the ball and features two lock-down dominant aces in Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander.
It didn’t surprise me that the Yankees lost the first two games of this series, because it seems facing adversity has been the norm throughout not only the postseason, but the regular season as well.
You want postseason adversity? The 2017 Yankees have had their fair share.
The Yankees were down 3-0 in the winner-take-all Wild Card Game before coming to the plate against the Minnesota Twins.
The Yankees were down 2-0 in the best-of-five ALDS against the Cleveland Indians, and lost game two in one of the worst ways you’ll ever lose a playoff game.
After the loss, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was under the gun. They were on the brink going up against a team that had won 22 games in a row and made it to last game of the World Series the year before.
They survived the rough patch, won three games in a row including a game five in Cleveland, and stunned the defending American League champions.
Fast forward to the start of the ALCS, and sure enough the Yankees were in familiar territory.
The Yankees lost two games in Houston in which they held the high-powered Astros lineup to four runs over two meetings.
The little things on the bases and in the field cost the Yankees dearly in consecutive 2-1 losses, plus the fact that the Yankees scored two runs in two games. Not exactly a winning formula.
I expected the Yankees to respond in game three of the series because it’s what they’ve done all year.
C.C. Sabathia was brilliant. Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge provided the power, and the Yankees found their way back in the series.
Even after Monday’s feel-good victory, it’s far from a given to assume the Yankees will come back and win this series against Houston.
Keuchel and Verlander have given the Yankee lineup fits. They will be difficult to beat, but I was also the same guy who thought it would be impossible to rough up Indians ace Corey Kluber twice in five games.
This group of Yankees doesn’t believe in “can’t” and as a fan it couldn’t be more refreshing.
I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t count out the 2017 New York Yankees.
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• Atlanta +3.5
• LA Chargers -1.5
• Tennessee -6.5
• Cincinnati +5.5
• Kansas City -3