ALCS Recap: Yankees Hold Astros to 3 Hits, Collect 13 of Their Own in Strong 7-0 Victory

ALCS Recap: Yankees Hold Astros to 3 Hits, Collect 13 of Their Own in Strong 7-0 Victory

Late last night, the 2019 Yankees were able to do something that no Yankee team has been able to do since 2010: Win a game, on the road, in the American League Championship Series. That last victory also came in Texas, in a Yankees 6-5 win over the Rangers.

Luckily for us, however, yesterday’s game featured very little of the same- outside of Brett Gardner- as the Yankees offense showed up early with putting together good drives against Zack Greinke, all while the Yankees pitching prevented the Astros offense of being able to do much of anything.

As the lower seed, winning a game on the road isn’t just important, but completely necessary if the Yankees are going to advance to the World Series. Getting that win quickly and easily in Game 1 is everything that was needed.

So, let’s stop our filibustering and get to the ALCS Game One Recap:

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Three ALCS Questions 

Three ALCS Questions 

Tonight, the Yankees will open the ALCS against the Houston Astros. This is the series that fans of both, and neither, team have been waiting for all year. The two best teams in baseball are facing off against each other with a trip to the World Series for the winner. The Astros are an extremely balanced team with a potent offense, excellent defense and fantastic starting pitching. The Yankees offense can keep up with the Astros, and their bullpen is better. Moreover, if they field the way they did in the ALDS, the Yankees are as good as anybody defensively. However, the Astros top three starting pitchers Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke constitute the best top of the rotation in the game and make Houston slight favorites in the series.

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Weekly Mailbag: Aaron Hicks, Preferred Match-Ups, and Debating 2017 vs. 2019!

Weekly Mailbag: Aaron Hicks, Preferred Match-Ups, and Debating 2017 vs. 2019!

It always seemed inevitable that the Yankees and Astros would face-off in the ALCS this year, but it’s pretty cool that it’s finally happening.  Give the Rays a ton of credit – they pushed the ALDS to the brink, but the Astros’ lineup was just too powerful to overcome.  I never expected the Rays to go down without a fight, so I’m glad they made a series of it – it proves that the Astros are not invincible, as many national media writers and commenters would allow you to believe.  This ALCS is going to be as much fun as 2017…hopefully, just with a better ending.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll debate the merits of adding Aaron Hicks to the ALCS roster, discuss my ALCS match-up preference, and talk about the relative merits of the 2017 team vs. the 2019 team.  Let’s get at it:

(Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP)

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Yankees Links: Judge, Stanton, Torres, Britton, Chapman, and ALDS Game Recaps!

Yankees Links: Judge, Stanton, Torres, Britton, Chapman, and ALDS Game Recaps!

It’s going to be a tough few days to be waiting until we next get to see this Yankees team getting to play baseball again.

Luckily, there are other postseason baseball games that will be going on tonight, tomorrow, and maybe on Thursday (we can only hope!), all of which are very important in determining who will be playing the Yankees in the ALCS, and who will be battling in the NL for their Championship series.

As we wait until tonight at 7:00 PM to see if the Rays can take another from the Astros, let’s check out some news surrounding the Yankees now that the ALDS is over and swept!

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Kit Kat, Part II (It took much longer than I ever expected it would...)

Some readers may remember the story I shared last year about my son Ethan and I and how we used a Giancarlo Stanton home run and Kit Kats to bridge the miles between home and college.

I decided that this was an exercise worth repeating, so, with tears in my eyes, I snuck a Kit Kat into Ethan’s belongings as we packed the car on August 16 to bring him back to school to begin his Junior year at Lafayette College.

I fully anticipated that we’d have the opportunity to share Kit Kats from across the miles in short enough order. It wasn’t to be. I dropped off Ethan 36 days ago. In that time, the Kit Kat sat in Ethan’s dorm room refrigerator. It waited, and Ethan waited, for Giancarlo Stanton to get in the line-up and start hitting bombs. I am quite certain, with the rigors of college life that it would have been easy for Ethan to just give up the whole idea of saving the Kit Kat - a college kid gets hungry and a candy bar can be a delicious and most wonderful treat. But Ethan held strong…

This afternoon, we finally got the chance to enjoy the delicious candy. Ethan announced the good news in a text:

A short while later, after I returned from the store, and Ethan returned to his dorm room from the library where he was studying (albeit while also following the Yankees), we got to celebrate Stanton’s first post-college drop-off homer, together, 77 miles apart…

I’m glad Giancarlo finally delivered. Let’s hope it’s the first of many more!

(Love ya’ Ethan!)

The Bronx Beat Podcast, Episode 210: "Betances is Back! Severino is Back! Stanton is Back!"

Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Paul Semendinger, is the featured guest on the most recent Bronx Beat Podcast. On this episode Dr. Semendinger and host EJ Fagan discuss: the returns of Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, and Giancarlo Stanton; the potential Yankees playoff starters; what to do about Didi Gregorius; the Start Spreading the News Yankees Blog, and more!

Please take the time to listen to another great episode of the Bronx Beat Podcast by clicking here or using the streaming link below:

Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Man, the hits just keep on coming. This team can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries.  I really thought that we’d get some of the team healthy prior to the playoffs, but right now, we’re playing two men down, one man up.  Between the bad news on Hicks and injuries to Tauchman, Happ, Kahnle, Sanchez, and Encarnacion, it’s getting tough to keep it all straight.  Luckily, the Yankee front office has assembled a ton of depth, probably even more than it realized.  Still, I’d love to talk about a much healthier Yankee roster as we get closer to the playoffs.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about James Paxton’s run of excellence, sort through a potential playoff infield lineup, and look at a potential role for Jonathan Loaisiga.  Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting the Stanton Trade, Gardy, Monty's Contribution, and the Flip!

Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting the Stanton Trade, Gardy, Monty's Contribution, and the Flip!

It’s Labor Day weekend, everyone – a last respite for all of us before the summer ends, school starts, and those of us with jobs have to pay attention a little more.  Shout out to long-time reader, Mark, who asked some really good questions this week.

In this week’s mailbag, we’ll re-visit the Stanton trade, evaluate Brett Gardner now and forever, project Jordan Montgomery’s rest-of-year projection, and remember the Jeter flip!

Let’s get at it:

(Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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