The 2019 ALCS was the last stop before heading to the 2019 World Series. The New York Yankees had everything to win the pennant and possibly be the next world champs. This was after not appearing in a World Series since 2009. However after 6 games against the Astros, the Yankees failed to move on.
Could it have been the lack of hits or did their pitching staff simply fail? In game 1 of the ALCS the Yankees beat the Astros 7-0. Masahiro Tanaka was his usual brilliant postseason-self, allowing 1 hit, 4 strikeouts, and only walking 1 hitter through 6 innings. Gleyber Torres brought his A game with multiple hits and 5 RBIs.
ALCS Game 2
In game 2 the Yankees could not muster up the same offensive output. This game went into extra innings leading to the 11th inning where Carlos Correa hits the walk off home run that leads to the Astros to victory. The Yankees failed to cash in, and Adam Ottavino ended up with a blown save to give a tie to the Astros and set up for the walk off Astros victory.
The ALCS entered game 3 tied and the Yankees took away home field advantage, in essence. However, the Astros showed up to play in the Bronx where they would take another victory away from the Yankees. This game showed how the Yankees offense can struggle with only 5 hits the entire game and only scoring 1 run. They struck out 13 times against Astros pitching. Game 4 was about the same outcome but this team managed to score 3 runs against the Astros, but left a hefty 17 men on base, and taking away the home field advantage that they created.
Would there be a game 7?
Game 5 created a new and different kind of atmosphere with the Yankees where they defeated the Astros 4-1. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks ensured there would be another day of baseball for the Yankees with both players hitting home rubs. Paxton was brilliant, allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 9 strikeouts over 6 innings. The Yankees forced a game 6, but they had to go back to Houston for it. As game 6 went on the Yankees fans seemed to have lost faith as the Astros staked a 2 run lead heading into the top of the 9th. However, DJ Lemahieu stepped up to the plate with one on and blasted a home run off of Astros closer, Roberto Osuna, to tie the game and keep hope alive. The momentum swung in the direction of the Yankees, and it seemed as though they would make it to a game 7. They put their trust in their closer Aroldis Chapman. The light at the end of the tunnel didn’t last long when Jose Altuve hit a 2-run walk off HR that put the Astros in the 2019 World Series. Although this team has a fair amount of power hitters, they didn’t show up to play. DJ and Gleyber were the only hitters that seemed to show up, and the middle of the lineup was nowhere to be found. The team couldn’t find a timely hit during the post season.
Error in the managing the team
Did Aaron Boone make the mistake of having a bullpen game in a winner take all situation? It would be the most common mistake, however Yankees tallied up to 10 hits and only 4 of those 10 hits scored. Power hitters during the regular season like Sanchez or Ursela disappeared into the night practically. The team also held out Giancarlo Stanton for 4 of the team’s 6 games. It’s hard to win when you’re playing with a short bench, and it’s possible that this could have gone a different way had Stanton’s presence been in the lineup. This team will need to make serious trades and upgrades to prepare them better to be the World Series Champs of 2020.
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