Congratulations to the 2017 New York Yankees on making the playoffs. I would feel good if I were a Yankees fan. Not good in the sense that I would be confident going in to Cleveland but good in the sense of what I saw in my young guys making their playoff debuts. Aside from Luis Severino’s 2 homeruns allowed, four hits and getting pulled in the top of the first after retiring just one batter, this was a great win for the Yankees. The bullpen was awesome and so too was the hitting.
I’d be feeling great about Aaron Judge who homered in his playoff debut. Judge was obviously incredible in the first half of the season, stunk in the second half but started picking it back up in September. Judge hit .207 in the months of July and August but .311 in September. To see him all fired up and, again, homer in his playoff debut is exciting for him and the Yankees. Didi Gregorius was awesome as well and the Yankees have now made the playoffs.
Still, the Yankees who thought they had an ace have a big elephant in the room in the fact that A.) they are about to go into a best of 5 playoff series against the hottest and one of the most talented teams in baseball and B.) their “ace”, Luis Severino, probably has an enormous amount of confidence going into this playoff series.
Now, with that being said, you might be wondering, “Well, Jake, you are a Red Sox fan who watched all 162 of their games this season, you feel good about your series against the Astros”? The honest answer is I don’t know. This team is about as unpredictable as a roulette table. I stayed up till about 4:00 AM in cold sweats debating whether or not to throw my last 3 paychecks on Chris Sale and the Red Sox tomorrow night at even odds against Justin Verlander and the Astros. Is it smart? Well, the way Chris Sale has been pitching as of late it most definitely isn’t smart. I am going to trust my gut though. Chris Sale will be going into tomorrow on 8 days’ rest.
On the other hand, Justin Verlander has been good in his career in the playoffs with a 7-5 record and 3.39 ERA. Chris Sale has never pitched a playoff game in his life. After Game 1 is where I get nervous as a Red Sox fan. Dallas Keuchel against Drew Pomeranz with David Price and his quarter of a billion dollar contract coming out of the bullpen makes me nervous. Within a matter of days, I will be calling manager John Farrell a genius or calling for his and Dave Dombrowski’s respective jobs. Regardless, let us all be real with ourselves: playoff baseball is elite.