One hundred and three victories in the regular season.
For the first time in seven years a title in the AL East despite expensive and talented bodies, which are on the list of the injured for long distances.
A luxury cruise through the ALDS.
Plus a convincing road victory to start the ALCS.
After all, the Yankees face the following challenges: They have to beat the Astros three directly – with the last two in Houston – to master the ALCS and move forward to the World Series. That's not impossible, but only a jerk would bet it happened.
Fair or not, the Yankees will be judged by World Series wrestling and the baseball writers will not treat Aaron Boone's club nicely, unless it stuns the universe and takes three in a series of AJ Hinchs balanced outfit.
That's what the Yankees see after a disastrous 3-3 loss to the Astros in Game 4 on Thursday night ahead of 49,067 in a breezy Yankee stadium, giving visitors a sovereign 3-1
The Yankees are in this precarious position because their bats remained mostly inactive during the third direct ALCS game and did not make more than one run in the first five frames as they took five walks. It did not help to make four field mistakes. Also in seven bats with runners in the scorer position it was not without hits. When the Yankees had to do their best to put pressure on the Astros, they came out small.
With their life-sustaining season, the Yankees meet on Friday night in the Bronx Justin Verlander, a candidate of AL Cy Young. Verlander gave up two runs and five hits in Game 2, which the Astros won in 11 innings. The Yankees counter with James Paxton, who gave one run and four hits in 2 ¹ / ₃ innings in Game 2.
The ugly night was probably the end of CC Sabathia's formidable career. The future Hall of Famer ran away with an obvious problem on the left shoulder after George Springer had awarded a 1-1 pitch with the bases loaded in eighth place. Sabathia's left arm hung at an unfavorable angle after delivering the pitch. He was replaced by Jonathan Loaisiga.
DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres each made two mistakes. It got so bad what was left of the crowd in the ninth inning when Didi Gregorius caught an infield pop.
Gary Sanchez, who was 2-23 in the sixth match against Josh James, scored a two-leg run Homer shortened the lead to 6-3. LaMahieu doubled with two outs, but James beat Aaron Judge.
LeMahieu made his second mistake with an out in the eighth and Torres followed, scoring a ground ball with the infield into the goal of Alex Bregman in third and higher places. The visitors led Sabathia 7-3. [19659002AfterMasahiroTanakahidtheAstrosinsixgamesoverawininGame1heallowedfourruns(threehits)andfourhitsinoverfiveinnings
After Bregman's Turn The ground ball glanced from LeMahieu's glove to start the sixth. Boone replaced Tanaka with Chad Green. He retired from Yuli Gurriel, but gave off a single to Yordan Alvarez and a Homer to Carlos Correa, who expanded the lead of the Astros to 6: 1.
Tanaka injured himself in the third, when he went to Robinson Chirinos (0) -for-7 in two ALCS games) on four fields, which drove off and gave a single to Josh Reddick, the No. 9 batter.
Springer then hit a 1: 0 slider over the left field wall to score a 3 -1 lead Astros. It was the second Astros goal in 20 bats with runners in the hit position.