The season is finally over for the New York Yankees as they got shutout in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros. The game ended what was a surprising season for the Bombers which showed signs of great things that are coming in the future. Even though right now the morale is at an all time low, Yankee fans will need a couple of days to detox this bad feeling before we realize how great this season was.
Going into the series I had said that the Astros were the clear favorites to win the series and should easily win the series in six games. It looked like my prediction was going to be correct after the Astros limited the Yankee offense to just two runs in the first two games of the series and went to New York with a commanding 2-0 lead.
Having their backs against the wall once again, the Yankees were able to find lightning in a bottle and their offense came alive in the Bronx. The Yankees shut down their biggest kryptonite Dallas Keuchel in Game Five to go back to Houston with a 3-2 lead in the series.
Clearing their biggest hurdle thus far, everybody had crowned the Yankees as the American League champions and the fans were already looking forward to the World Series against the LA Dodgers, but Justin Verlander had other ideas. Verlander shut down the Yankee offense once again on Friday night and was able to force the best phrase in sports, “Game Seven”.
Anything can happen in a winner take all game and the Yankee fans were still confident as the Yankees had lined up CC Sabathia to pitch the game. Sabathia was undefeated this season following a Yankee loss, so the fans had already booked their tickets for Game One of the World Series on Tuesday night in LA, but those plans are going to go to waste. The Yankee offense was shut down once again, this time by the bottom of the Astros’ rotation.
Sabathia only gave up one run, but was credited with the loss as the offense did not score any runs and ended up losing the game 4-0. This series was fun to watch as most expected but did not end the way I wanted it to end.
The emotions are very raw right now and I am still upset about the loss, so doing a full season review of the Yankees season would be biased against the Yankees, also I need to catch up on sleep now that baseball season is finally over for me. I will do a “Exit interview” type of blog for the Yankees season in the next few days once I have recovered from this loss, so be on the look out for that.
For all my fellow Yankee fans who are reading this blog and are as frustrated as me, I want to tell you just one thing, “Do not cry because it is over, smile because it happened”. Pitchers and catchers report in less than five months, lets go!!!