With yesterday’s 5-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians in Game 5 of the ALDS, the New York Yankees officially punched their ticket to the ALCS for the first time since 2019.
There, they’ll meet the defending American League champion Houston Astros, who won 106 games during the regular season.
While the Yankees are riding high heading into this series, they may actually find themselves at quite a disadvantage as the series gets underway.
This morning, manager Aaron Boone set his ALCS roster, and there are a few key pieces that they’ll be missing thanks to injuries.
— Justin Walters (@JustinWaltersTV) October 19, 2022
Yankees Without Several Pieces
This could very well put the Yankees at a severe disadvantage heading into the ALCS.
The Astros appear to be fully healthy.
The Astros also had the best record in the American League and second best in all of baseball, and they’ve had the Yankees’ number over the past several years.
This is the third time since 2017 that these two ballclubs will meet in the ALCS.
In both 2017 and 2019, the Astros emerged victorious.
And with several key pieces out, there’s no question that the Yankees will be heavy underdogs this series.
If LeMahieu and Benintendi were both active, then it might be a different story, but the Yankees find themselves without both of those pieces.
Hicks injured his knee during the ALDS and will be out for the remainder of the postseason.
Marinaccio was left off the ALDS roster and is now out for the ALCS as well.
We’ll see how the Yankees fare without some of their big names and key producers.