With a commanding victory in Game 5 over the Cleveland Guardians at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees concluded a turbulent series. The team took a flight to Houston without taking any days off, played Game 1 of the ALCS the next day, and lost.
They are in a difficult situation after two straight losses, but they will come back with star pitcher Gerrit Cole on the mound for this crucial game. Although the Astros did not completely dominate any of these games, they did execute the minute things with great care, giving them a major advantage against the Yankees team.
There are several adjustments manager Aaron Boone may try out in the upcoming games, but it’s the same old Astros that have been prolonging Yankees fans’ pain in the postseason.
Swing for Contact Rather than Power
The Bronx Bombers’ current lineup, headlined by Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, has a strong emphasis on home runs due to the tremendous power of its two stars. The Yankees defeated the Guardians thanks to this high-risk, high-reward strategy.
but they dropped their last two contests against Justin Verlander and Framber Valdez. Even Stanton emphasized the necessity to change their perspective going into a crucial Game 3 contest.
Only Harrison Bader has excelled in the postseason (aside from Judge and Stanton), thus players like Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson must concentrate on their swings to keep the ball in the park. With Houston’s finest pitching staff, swinging for the fences may not always pay off. New York has a terrible strikeout rate, which won’t be repeated in the next games.
Harrison Bader As Yankees’ Leadoff
Aaron Judge played that role for a significant portion of the season before Gleyber Torres took over as the lineup’s setter. It makes life difficult for pitchers. Since they will be pitching to Aaron Judge to begin the game, they are unable to warm up or unwind at first. Starting the hot Harrison Bader may be a fantastic experiment for the Yankees as starting Torres as the leadoff hitter has not worked out as well.
Bader frequently served as the catalyst in the Guardians series, boosting the Yankees’ offense’s self-assurance and rhythm. Additionally, Bader is regarded as one of the top defensive outfielders in MLB, so his value and influence extend beyond his prowess with the bat. Many Yankees supporters were outraged when he was traded for Jordan Montgomery, but the outcomes now speak for themselves.
Limit Innings of The Bullpen with Cole on The Mound
The depth of their bullpen has been drastically reduced in the postseason due to many injuries to relievers like Chad Green and Michael King as well as off-field concerns for Aroldis Chapman. Aaron Boone must think about pitching Gerrit Cole for 5-7 innings to lessen the strain on his bullpen arms because he will be using the majority of his staff for the Guardians series and there won’t be enough time to relax between both games.
They have three straight games at Yankee Stadium, so it would be great if they could win all of them. If such is the wish or desire, the bullpen, notably the trio of Wandy Peralta, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Clay Holmes, must be rested for the ensuing contests.
Once again, the Houston Astros stand in the way of the New York Yankees qualifying for the World Series. We’ll see if this is the year they overcome this obstacle and triumph for the first time since 2009.