The sweat of summer has been cast aside for the frigidness of fall, and that means that post-season baseball is upon us. Tuesday night, the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins, snapping a 5 year winless drought in the postseason for the pinstripes. Whether one loves or hates the New York Yankees, whatever their franchise does is constantly being spoken about by those around the league. However, one thing many have not been associating the Yankees with, is a real shot at making it to the World Series. The Bronx Bombers though, possess the league’s best bullpen while also having the hottest lineup in all of baseball, which is why the should rightfully be considered as the World Series favourites.
Tuesday night, Luis Severino lasted only one and a third innings for the Yankees before being pulled for Chad Green. For many teams, having to pull your starter from a game, especially as early as the Yankees had to is a sign of defeat, but for the Yankees, their bullpen proved to be their greatest asset. Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Aroldis Chapman combined for 8 and 2/3 innings of one run baseball as the Yankees ‘pen was able to contain the Twins to only one run. The Yankees bullpen aside from the aforementioned names feature Dellin Betances (2.87 ERA), Adam Warren (2.35 ERA), Chasen Schreve (3.77 ERA), Ty Clippard (4.95 ERA), and Jordan Montgomery (3.88 ERA). The New York Yankees bullpen talent is deeper and better than any other team in baseball’s.
Gardner, and Judge, and Sanchez oh my! The Yankees bats, one through nine are as good as it gets in baseball.
The Yankees possess four players who hit over 20 home-runs this season which translated to a lot of success in team batting categories. The Yankees ranked second in runs, first in home-runs, second in RBI’s, seventh in average, and fourth in slug percentage. In other words, they are for real. The Yankees bats will be tough to stop for even the most potent pitching rotations.
Whether you love them or hate them, there is no denying that the New York Yankees are a ball club capable of winning a series against any team in baseball, and they can certainly string together a phenomenal post-season in 2017.