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Yankees look to bounce back against Astros in American League Championship Series

Yankees look to bounce back against Astros in American League Championship Series”

It's created to bring more offense into the game by taking typically light-hitting pitchers out of the lineup and replacing them with players who hit and only hit because they're really good at hitting. Understand, we were down, 2-0, to a team that won 102 games and were able to come back.

Yet, Girardi said he can't detect signs his club, which is short on postseason experience, has been or is ready to let anxiety creep into the equation.

"I think Houston's got it, especially now", said Greg Towers, a Red Sox fan from Cape Cod. Instead, it's Charlie Morton for the Astros. You come out of the break and you lose a really tough one to Boston and we bounce back and win the next day. Obviously, would you rather be 1-1 or 2-0 the other way? Yeah. There's no panic in them.

"Watching that in person, it was incredible to see Dallas go out and do what he did", Morton said Sunday. If they can do that for Game 3, then they have the edge. And the ALCS is now in The Bronx, where the Yankees went an AL-best 51-30 during the regular season.

Yet, at some point the Yankees need to hit. After rolling through the Twins and Indians, the Yankees are suddenly up against the ropes.

With a runner on first base and Aroldis Chapman on the mound, the Houston Astros looked to save Game 2 from going into extra innings.

Against the Astros, the Yankees are batting.159 in the first two games and it's been a bummer for Baby Bombers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, who are a combined 1-for-14. Secondly, after failing to pull off a Game 2 victory, they will be at risk of losing home field advantage to the Astros as they'll be returning home Monday for the first game of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium.

CC Sabathia will be looking to extend the Yankees' solid run of pitching. He threw a whopping 124 pitches, 93 for strikes, holding off the Yankees for as long as he could to give his offense a chance to rally.

Because Girardi doesn't have options, he has to believe Judge and Sanchez will start to swing the bats better. Since the start of the ALDS, Judge is hitting.065 (2-for-31) and has whiffed 21 times. Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez have struck out five times each, Aaron Judge three. "I told them that I was good and I wanted to go pitch". It's just part of the ups and downs of being a hitter and being proactive and how careful they pitch to you. "There's a former Pirate who loved to get on Wikipedia - a former right-handed relief pitcher who threw a lot of sinkers", he said, in a description that kind of fits former teammate Jason Grilli, also an ex-Toronto Blue Jay. Despite the Yankees proving they are a complete team, and have earned the right to be called the second best team in the American League, it's just not enough to overcome this Astros team. The Yankees have a great team, and by no means am I discrediting the miraculous run that they have gone on this season, but facts don't lie.

"After the hurricane I love the people from Houston even more", Altuve said.

"This team has been exactly the same as it's been all year, which is even keel".

"It's not like we haven't been here before", Girardi said. It's been like that the whole playoffs.



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