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Post-season Gameday Thread, #17: Yankees Mayday

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We’re on the verge of an Astros-Nationals World Series. Will the Yankees’ fate be sealed in New York tonight?

League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Two Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

4:08 pm - Astros @ Yankess (3-1)

Today's Lineups

ASTROS YANKEES
George Springer - RF DJ LeMahieu - 1B
Jose Altuve - 2B Aaron Judge - RF
Michael Brantley - LF Gleyber Torres - 2B
Alex Bregman - 3B Giancarlo Stanton - DH
Yuli Gurriel - 1B Aaron Hicks - CF
Carlos Correa - SS Gary Sanchez - C
Yordan Alvarez - DH Didi Gregorius - SS
Robinson Chirinos - C Gio Urshela - 3B
Jake Marisnick - CF Brett Gardner - LF

For a team which has been so unrelentingly successful, the Yankees haven’t been seen much in the World Series. No team won more games in the 2010’s, New York averaging 92 wins per season, and never fewer than 84. And it’s the seventh occasion they have made the post-season in the decade. But over that time, they haven’t even reached the World Series, the last time being their victory over the Phillies in 2009. They have been knocked out once in the wild-card game, twice in the Division Series and three times in the Championship Series - and now are on the brink of making the last #4. Of course, I’m not complaining: even if nowhere near as bad, they’re still AN Evil Empire.

The weird thing is, they have actually hit better than the Astros in this series, with an OPS of .646, compared to .611 for Houston. While outscored, their pitching staff has a better ERA too (2.92 vs 3.08) thanks to the unearned runs given up. But New York are 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-13 over the past two games in Yankee Stadium. They’ve been getting the men on base, they just haven’t been able to drive them in. Will that change tonight? Or will New York be left World Series-less over the course a full decade, for the first time since a century ago?