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October 18, 2019
The complete implosion of the New York Yankees, a 103-win team that spent Game 4 of the American League Championship Series looking like a 103-loss team, ended Friday at 12:28 a.m. local time. Remaining at Yankee Stadium were maybe 5,000 fans. They stayed to boo.
Over the previous 3½ hours, they had watched the Yankees bungle balls in the field and squander opportunities at the plate and serve up home run balls on the mound. They saw CC Sabathia, the heart of the team, walk off the field because of a shoulder injury likely to end his career. They witnessed an excellent team demoralized by a better one. The Houston Astros had left the savages in the box famished. The ALCS wasn’t over following the Houston’s 8-3 victory that gave the Astros a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series, but it felt like it. (READ MORE) by Jeff Passan | ESPN
As Mike Tyson once said, everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. The Astros did exactly that to the Yankees on Thursday night, putting Aaron Boone’s club on the brink of elimination. Now what? (READ MORE) by Mark Feinsand | MLB.com
Houston shortstop Carlos Correa made sure to study the videotape after Yankees reliever Chad Green whiffed him on a high fastball in American League Championship Series Game 2 on Sunday.
“I looked at it and his fastball has 23 inches of hop,” Correa said, referring to a measurement of how Green’s high-spinning fastball does not drop nearly as much as the average fastball. “That’s a lot. I swung right under it.” (READ MORE) by Tom Verducci | Sports Illustrated