September 17, 2021

The Yankees Have Been Outmaneuvered by the Astros at Every Leg of the Race (Baseball Essential)

The Houston Astros have traded for a premier starting pitcher three times in the last two years. For the second time in the last three years, the Astros have won the American League pennant. Their AL Championship Series opponent in both of those pennant runs, the New York Yankees, never responded with a prestigious move of their own — and it has officially caught up to them.

All year long the talking point with the Yankees was their starting rotation. Whether it be James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Domingo German, or J.A. Happ, this rotation collectively struggled to pitch deep into games, limit home runs, and keep runners off the basepaths. While they got a bit better down the stretch, this rotation remained the Yankees’ kryptonite.

Incredibly enough, the Yankees didn’t lose to the Astros in the ALCS because of their rotation. They lost because of an inconsistent offensive attack and the Astros rotation overmatching their lineup.

The Yankees could’ve avoided this. They could’ve made a move for starting pitching to either match or take away from the Astros. But there was only so much they could’ve done for this season. It’s what they haven’t done over the last two…

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