The cast of Game 2 came out and Giancarlo Stanton was not there and that felt right for the player and these Yankees from 2019. The 3rd of August led at the top of the 10th and CC Sabathia, the last in a Major League game was seen on September 24, was asked to get the first punch in the lower half.
Again, these were the Yankees of 2019. A fire drill in search of a baseball team.
The Yankees have lived the credo of the next man, but even in a successful season, the next man sometimes falls back and forth like Stanton. Or is asked to shake off rust like Hicks and Sabathia. Or, as will be the case on Tuesday night, Luis Severino, who fined for the fifth time in 2019 and was ordered to duel with Houston's Gerrit Cole, currently the largest bowler in the world. Valuable win, a discouraging one Lost and trusted questions of who is available at what level. Much of it revolves around Stanton, who played his most impressive playoff game as Yankee on Saturday and then did not play on Sunday. Aaron Boone announced that Stanton has a proper quad-load and is available for batting when needed.
But perhaps the more important statement came from Reggie Jackson, a special Yankees consultant who ̵
This is a problem that will not float above this player and the team Just for the rest of these playoffs, but for the last eight years one of the most expensive contracts in the game. Alex Rodriguez was the focus of anger in his Yankees days on a combination of great contract and personality and, before 2009, on small postseason periods. But his durability was never questioned.
Stanton became more and more supportive, retreating late – but better than never – into the lineup as injuries to Hicks and others outside endangered the vitality of the offense. In a 7-0 triumph at ALCS Game 1 Stanton had retracted his most significant playoff moment when his Homer brought in the sixth round before Zack Greinke the Americans 3-0 lead. This happened after Boone had defeated an infield single every second when the injury occurred.
The Yankees operating theory in relation to the confrontation with the Astros, especially Justin Verlander and Cole, states that the chances are high of achieving hits for runs is limited, so you better between the mastery of co-aces mistake hunt and do damage. For example, Verlander has overpowered Aaron Judge on their first meeting on Sunday with a threesome strikeout. In their second clash, Judge smashed a homer with two runs. That was the only goal the Yankees scored in a 3-2 victory with 11 innings. Not to answer. To open the tenth inning, Boone could have turned to him and not to Hicks if Stanton had really been available for a pinch attempt. It was against the sort of side-wicking Righty in Joe Smith who gives Stanton seizures (in four career bats without a hit) and Hicks had homered in a past meeting against Smith. But Stanton had good bats in this postseason and Hicks last played in the majors on the same day that Marcus Stroman launched the first of his 11 Mets. But for Stanton, there would not be a gimpy Kirk Gibson moment on Sunday night.
And now what about Stanton and the Yankees? Can he play on the field on Tuesday? If not, does Hicks start against Cole? Can Stanton beat? If so, should he become DH because Edwin Encarnacion is in a 0 to 12 six-stroke play after two great games to open the play-offs against the Twins? ? The Yankees had Monday free. This will only motivate Boone to aggressive bullpen tactics. But one of his main helpers, Adam Ottavino, was bad in October. The Americans are likely to make a complete Bullpen match from match 4 (although there is rain in the Wednesday forecast that could change plans) and James Paxton's short start plus extra innings on Sunday meant 7 2/3 innings and 129 pitches for Yankees reliefs , But as so often in 2019 with these Yankees, it's a mystery who is available and what skills they have. So far, the Yankees have overcome everything and found out that what they did not kill extends the roster.