The Yankees are trying really hard to get people to cheer for them. going down 0-2, the Yankees wiped their tears of frustration with $100 bills, rallied around Joe Girardi, and will face Houston in the ALCS. While their chances against a high-powered Houston offense with a revitalized rotation don’t look all that great, they were able to bounce back from the brink of elimination to knock off the reigning American League Champions.
The list of improbabilities come true surrounding Cleveland’s elimination is long, and highlighted by the fact that the powerful New York Yankees were underdogs to a team from a city that smells like underdogs. Of all the players to underperform, none stands out more than AL Cy Young frontrunner Corey Kluber. After being absolutely dominant in the regular season, Kluber posted a 12.79 ERA in his last two starts. In this elimination game, he gave up two homers to Didi Gregorius: “I made two mistakes to Didi,” Kluber told the Associated Press. “He’s a good hitter and he hit two home runs. I felt like I threw the ball better than I did the other day, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough.”
It perhaps goes to show how little the regular season matters once the postseason begins. Each team starts with a clean slate, whether they won 22 straight or snuck in via the Wild Card, it’s a clean slate and makes the postseason that much more beautiful to watch.
New York will have their hands and feet full with a powerful Houston squad looking to bring hope and happiness to a city still recovering from devastating Hurricane Harvey. The ALCS begins tomorrow night in Houston, while Chicago and Washington square off in Game 5 to decide who gets the unsavory task of facing the Dodgers in the NLCS.