HOUSTON — The indicators have been there all season, actually. The more durable the 2017 Yankees have been punched within the intestine, particularly these forgettable nights when Aroldis Chapman gave away video games to the Pink Sox, the extra ferociously they fought again the subsequent day.
Sooner or later you couldn’t assist however assume there was one thing particular about this group, and certainly as they peaked in September scouts have been telling me to beware these Yankees.
However I’ll admit, I didn’t assume they might beat the Indians, and, because it turned out, perhaps Corey Kluber wasn’t utterly wholesome, as he and Terry Francona each hinted at after Recreation 5.
However, coming from down zero-2 towards an outstanding Cleveland workforce, even amidst all of the Joe Girardi-hysteria, has to rank as one of many nice comebacks in postseason historical past.
And a number of it was born from that very same psychological toughness we noticed all season, whether or not it was Brett Gardner beautiful the Cubs at Wrigley Area in Might or Matt Holliday taking Craig Kimbrel over the Inexperienced Monster in July.
All of which is a approach of claiming: I’m shopping for in on these Yankees as they transfer on to tackle the Astros within the ALCS.
This, after I’ve been on the ’Stros from the beginning, choosing them to win the World Collection in our Every day Information predictions in March.
And in some methods they could possibly be harder to beat than the Indians, with probably the most explosive offense in baseball, nevertheless it simply feels just like the Yankees are enjoying at such a excessive degree proper now, driving a wave of confidence and relishing their standing as underdogs, that they’ll discover a means.
I do marvel if that comeback towards the Tribe took an emotional toll, to the purpose the place the fast turnaround for the ALCS might be an obstacle. I’ll all the time keep in mind, as loopy because it sounds, the ’86 Mets being flat for the primary two video games of the World Collection, admitting later they have been drained by the epic NLCS towards the Astros.
Girardi argued in any other case right here on Wednesday, saying he believes that profitable three straight elimination video games would solely raise his group coming into this collection.
“I feel we’re on an emotional excessive,” he stated. “Our guys are in a superb state mentally.”
If that’s the case it ought to be a basic collection, that includes the 2 highest-scoring groups within the majors this season:…