Yankees Beat Guardians in Game 5, Advancing to ALCS
Forget the Yankees.
Chris Young had to do that. And his teammates. And his head coach.
Yes, the Yankees won Game 5 against the Houston Astros and now trail the World Series 2-1, thanks in part to that pesky bullpen.
But now at least they move on and move on quickly.
Young’s contribution to this series was remarkable, his best outing since August.
The Yankees’ 5-2 win in Game 4 meant that they would get to celebrate their first sweep of their seven previous postseason series against the Astros, the franchise’s first since the 1993 World Series.
It also was a victory for Alex Cora, who started Game 5 and looked like his old self in the postseason after he and the rest of the Yankees’ bullpen pitched an inning of shutout baseball.
For a minute, Cora’s status seemed in question.
But then he threw his third shutout in this series, a 1-0 blanking against the Astros that also ensured there would not be a Game 6 on Sunday night.
Cora was so good, and his fellow relievers in the bullpen had done the job for Cora so well. They had pitched the Yankees to a Game 6 victory over the Angels in the ALDS.
By Sunday night, the Astros were the favorites to win in six games, and that’s what they did.
That is, they won three in a row, and the series.
The Astros have now faced the Yankees in seven straight postseason series. They have lost four straight at Yankee Stadium.
But the Yankees are the favorite to win this series and will take their first World Series title in 43 years.
The good news for the Yankees is that they have every chance to make World Series history if they can win Game 6.
We will see more of this.
If the Yankees do not win this series, it will be their first time since the 2001 ALCS against