Well that was a huge bummer. The Yankees went out of the postseason as sadly and quietly as they entered it, getting shut out and 3-hit at home in the Wild Card game by Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros. The bats never showed up, Tanaka’s home run problem was front and center again, and the Astros will advance to play Kansas City in the ALDS while the Yankees will go home and start preparing for next year.
This was the biggest start to date for Masahiro Tanaka and he came out looking pretty good. His fastball was lively and popping the glove and he threw a lot of good, tight sliders in a 1-2-3 1st inning with 2 strikeouts. Colby Rasmus came up to lead off the top of the 2nd and hit the first pitch he saw DEEP into right for a solo home run. It was a fastball meant for the outside corner that ended up about thigh high on the inside corner and Rasmus was all over it. … Click here to read the rest