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The next Yankees ALCS challenge becomes much harder



After the Yankees expelled the weak twins from the ALDS in Minneapolis on Monday night, Hal Steinbrenner said he and his family were very proud of his club.

"But we are not here yet," said Steinbrenner. "This is step 1."

Step 2 will be significantly harder to negotiate as it is fought against the Astros, considered by many to be the best team in baseball or pesky jets. Their Best-of-Five ALDS will be staged in Houston on Thursday night for a winner-take-all match 5, after the Rays defeated the Astros 4-1 on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This is a popular theory The Yankees win, even as the Astros progresses, as Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole can not start any of the first two games after his start on Thursday. Nevertheless, the Astros can still play against Zack Greinke, Verlander and Cole in the first three games of the ALCS, and that's not an easy task.

An Astros victory would trigger an Astros-Yankees ALCS Saturday in Houston and a repeat of 201

7, when the Astros won in seven games. Should the Rays shock the baseball universe, the ALCS would be a Yankees Rays with Game 1 on Saturday in the Bronx.

Regardless of the opponent, the Yankees in the class will ascend an Uber driver. Forget about joining a lineup in three games that brought in a total of .218 points, and hit a roll worth 0.77 points (3 to 28).

The Rays can not compete with the Astro's Big Three of Verlanders, Cole and Greinke, but have Charlie Morton and were very creative with others as openers.

  AJ Hinch; Aaron Boone; Kevin Cash
A.J. Hinch; Aaron Boone; Kevin Cash Anthony J. Causi, Getty (2)

And in a very large department, the Astros of A.J. Hinch and Kevin Cash lead the Rays. If they are not the top two in the American league, they are close to where Aaron Boone and Bob Melvin are.

Hinch and Cash will not beat their best pitcher in Game 2 after losing Game 1 like the twins. Rocco Baldelli has in Game 2 of the ALDS. Baldelli had employee Ace Jake Odorizzi available for Game 2 and handed the ball to rookie Randy Dobnak, who performed the Twins game notes as an active Uber rider and started the season in Single-A.

The Rays (3.65) and Astros (3.65) 3.66) finished first and second in the ERA during the regular season. The Astros (.221) and Rays (.230) were first and second in average. The Astros (1,671) were the front runners in strike and the Rays (1,621) third. The Astros (1.13) were first in WHIP and the Rays (1.17) third. The Yankees became more successful with 50 saves ahead of the Astros and Rays.

It's clear that anyone facing the Yankees with a World Series ticket in the series will offer much more resistance than the twins The Twins, who lost 13 consecutive games in October against the Yankees.

The Yankees beat the Astros 3-4 in the regular season when they were defeated in a 3-game series at Minute Maid Park in April and defeated 3-1 in June, four at Yankee Stadium in June.

The Yankees were 12-7 against the rays; 8-2 at home.

While the Yankees Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez returned late in the regular season and Edwin Encarnacion, as the ALDS began, from the injury list and are as healthy as they are throughout the year, they are still without midfielder Aaron Hicks and Reliever Dellin Betances. CC Sabathia is confident that he can make a contribution to the ALCS from the Bullpen after he was not in the ALDS squad, as the left shoulder after a one-day relief against the Rays on September 24 in St. Petersburg no longer recovered Has. Petersburg.

Faced with better pitching, the Yankees are unlikely to release the numbers they made against the twins they scored 23 runs for .293 and .324 (11-for-34) a beat Homer and 16 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

Had an MVP award been awarded for the ALDS, she would have gone to Gleyber Torres, who went with a homer and four RBIs 5 against 12 (.417).

A positive sign is that Didi Gregorius, who finished regular time with a minus of 15 to 79 (.190), scored a grand slam that broke Game 2 and hit Homer with .400 (4 to 10) and six RBIs in the series.


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