After a two year absence the New York Yankees have returned back to postseason baseball.
The Yankees have locked in the top wild card spot and will host the Minnesota Twins tonight in the Bronx. They ended up with 91 wins on the season, the last time they won over 90 games was five years ago when they lost in the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers.
The Yankees were serious about winning this year and not rebuilding, right before the trade deadline they acquired pitcher Sonny Gray, third baseman Todd Frazier, and relief pitchers Tommy Kahnle (Shaker Grad) and David Robertson.
With a lineup that’s finally healthy the Yankees were able to win 20 games in the month of September. It’s a super fun team to watch that rallied behind the Thumbs Down Guy.
Aaron Judge leads the Bronx Bombers in pretty much every offensive category. If he didn’t struggle after the All-Star break in July hitting a .230 average and really slumping in August hitting .185, he’d be the American League MVP without question.
What he was able to accomplish this year during his rookie season is incredible, he will be the first rookie to lead his league in home runs, runs, and walks.
With his partner in crime Gary Sanchez, no other pair of teammates under the age of 25 have ever had more home runs than them (85 combined). He’s broken several records this season, but there’s two that stand out that display how truly great of a player he could be.
- Judge broke Mark McGwire’s record for rookies in home runs that McGwire set back in 1987.
2. Judge broke Babe Ruth’s 96 year old single season Yankee record with 33 home runs at home.
In a do or die playoff game, the Yankees will send out their ace Luis Severino. Severino had his best year as a starter going 14-6, 2.98 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and striking out 230 batters. At home he has an 8-5 record with 3.71 ERA.
If Severino can keep the game in control for five innings, the bullpen can do the rest. Set up pitchers like Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman can shut down any lineup that they face.
If the Yankees lose the Wild Card game I’d consider this season a bust, they aren’t rebuilding anymore, these young baby bombers are ready to taste the postseason.
Granted if they do win the wild card game they face the defending American League Champions, the Cleveland Indians, a team that set a major league record with 22 straight wins and the likely favorite to win the World Series this year.
Lets go Yankees.
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