In a game that took years off the life of many Yankees fans, New York was able to prove why they are legitimate contenders this postseason.
Just like that the Yankees are advancing to the ALDS for a date with the Tampa Bay Rays. It wasn’t the easiest journey to get there and there were many doubters heading into this postseason, but the Yankees proved against Cleveland that they definitely have what it takes to go all the way this year.
The Yankees practically limped into the playoffs this year and looked like a minor league baseball team the way they were swinging the bats, but now all of a sudden they look like an absolute offensive juggernaut again. Everyone in the lineup one through nine is putting up solid at-bats and proving they are hungry for a title in 2020.
If you were wondering what makes the Yankees offense of the past two games different from the one we saw to wrap up the season, it’s the discipline. This team went up against two of the best pitchers in the American League in Shane Bieber and Carlos Carrasco and made them work. They laid off bad pitches and they capitalized on ones that should be capitalized on.
This team had their backs against the wall numerous times in Game Two of the Wild Card Series against the Indians, but they just never quit no matter how many runs they were down. After starting off the game facing a 4-0 deficit, they clawed their way back to swap the lead with the Indians numerous times (due to the lackluster bullpen).
The key to a solid offense in the postseason is being able to carry out situational hitting and be able to put the ball in play when there are runners on base. This was evident in the top of the ninth inning when Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning with a walk followed by two infield singles, a sac-fly, and another single through the middle. It is SO important for this team to remember moving forward that they don’t always have to live and die by the home run.
Obviously Tampa will pose different challenges for the Yankees lineup, but they should be hungry to prove themselves against a team that has owned and mocked them all season long. These aren’t the same Yankees that the Rays pounded on in 2020, these are the fully healthy Yankees that know how to work at-bats and score runs without the long ball.
Watch out Major League Baseball, the Bronx Bombers are back and if you aren’t with us, you’re against us.