Yankees Dropped by Astros, 8-3, in ALCS Game 4: Instant Analysis

Taking a quick look at analyzing the New York Yankees’ tough 8-3 loss against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in ALCS Game 4.

The New York Yankees lost 8-3 against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium in Game 4 of the ALCS on Thursday night.

The game was over when…

…Astros SS Carlos Correa belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 6-1.

Belt Winners

  • Tommy Kahnle: Kahnle pitched a perfect seventh inning, which included a strikeout.

Key Stats

  • 0/7: The Yankees continued their theme of missed opportunities, going 0/7 with runners in scoring position
  • 4: The Yankees infield recorded four errors—two by D.J. LeMahieu and two by Gleyber Torres.

Yankees: Gary Sanchez and Edwin Encarnacion Need To Step Their Game Up

Quick Hits

  • Masahiro Tanaka was far from sharp, but he gave the Yankees a chance to win.
  • Tanaka went 5.0+ IP while allowing four hits, three earned runs and striking out one.
  • It was obvious Tanaka was going to lean on his offspeed pitches. Of his 85 pitches, 55 of them were of the splitter or slider variety. That’s 64.7% of his pitches.
  • Gary Sanchez finally showed some life at the plate with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the Astros lead to 6-3. His other at-bats, though, were less than ideal.
  • Chad Green pitched one inning. He was responsible for the three-run home run given up to Correa in the sixth.
  • While LeMahieu has been solid playing first base, he had two bad errors on Thursday night.
  • Ottavino had another outing in which he didn’t record an out. That’s his fourth this postseason—the most in a single postseason in MLB history.
  • CC Sabathia exited the game with an apparent injury. A true warrior, it may have been the final time Sabathia sees the mound in his career.
  • The Yankees left 10 runners on base in the loss.

Up Next: The Yankees host the Astros again at Yankee Stadium in Game 5 of the ALCS in what is an elimination game.

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