Will the Yankees Beat the Astros Two Years Later
On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the New York Yankees lost Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros. The Astros subsequently took down the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games to win the franchise’s first World Series.
The teams are different two years later but are very much the same. The Yankees are led by Aaron Boone who took over the following season after the Yankees decided not to bring back Joe Girardi. The Yankees have a plethora of young talent led by Greyber Torres.
Torres the crown jewel in the 2016 trade with the Cubs that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago. The Yankees feature the infielder in the middle of the order batting .285 with 38 homers and 90 RBIs as of September 18.
The Yankees have been without slugger Giancarlo Stanton for most of the season, but have overcome his absence. Stanton is expected to return to the lineup this week, after only appearing in nine games this season.
The Yankees acquisition of DJ LeMahieu proved fruitful as the veteran’s batting average at the 152 game mark is .329 with 94 RBIs from the leadoff spot.
The added firepower to a lineup that already and still features Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius holdovers from the 2017 run has been critical to this year’s race.
The Yankees face the challenge again of the Astros who hold an identical record of 99-53 on the morning of September 18. The problem the Yankees face is similar as of 2017 if the two meet in the American League Championship Series.
The Astros feature three aces at the top of their rotation in Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Zack Grienke. The team also sports the same nucleus in their lineup in Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Yuli Gurriel.
The Yankees came up short in 2017 because their rotation was unable to match the Astros. The team also failed to come up with as many big hits in crucial situations in comparison to Houston. The Yankees all year have proven to be a team that can come through in the clutch. The Yankees solid play should carry over to the post-season, making them more formidable this time around. The question that lingers is can the rotation match the level of the Astros.
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