ALCS Game 5 Prospectus: Slaying the dragon

The New York Yankees are one win from the World Series. I will say it again. The New York Yankees are one win from the World Series.

Before Wednesday night’s game, the question was whether or not the Yankees could get to Dallas Keuchel who shut them down in Game 1 of the series and nearly every other time he’s faced them. Well, the Yankees answered that question right away.

Greg Bird got things started in the second inning with an RBI single.


Then Aaron Judge hit an RBI double in the third that scored Brett Gardner.

Then Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single in the fifth that scored Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius also hit an RBI single that scored Judge and knocked Keuchel out of the game.

In the seventh, Sanchez added to the Yankees’ lead by hammering an 83 mph offering from Brad Peacock into the leftfield seats to put the Yankees up, 5-0.

Mashiro Tanaka pitched seven brilliant innings and Tommy Kahnle pitched two more to close it out.

Now, the Yankees have a chance to finish the series in Houston. To do it, they’ll have to beat Justin Verlander who shut them down last Saturday night in a complete game, 13 strikeout performance for the ages. But, they were able to get to Corey Kluber in the Division Series and they were able to get Keuchel on Wednesday night so who’s to say they can’t solve Verlander on Friday night?

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