For the first time in the season, the New York Yankees looked worse than a foe over a three or four-game series.
It doesn’t mean the Yankees are worse than the Houston Astros: they probably aren’t.
It’s just that, at least for a weekend, the Astros showed the Yanks can be beat.
They did so with an incredible pitching showing that performed a combined no-hitter on Saturday and six additional no-hit innings on Sunday.
But it wasn’t enough for the Astros to take the series in the Bronx.
“The @Yankees had a .123 batting average in the series with the Astros, yet still earned a split. That’s the lowest batting average in a 4-game series by a team that didn’t lose the series in American League history,” Stats by STATS tweeted.
The @Yankees had a .123 batting average in the series with the Astros, yet still earned a split.
That's the lowest batting average in a 4-game series by a team that didn't lose the series in American League history.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 26, 2022
The Yankees Won’t Go Down Easily
Amazingly, and despite hitting only .123, the Yankees did not lose the series.
That shows just how resilient this group is: beating them over a short postseason series will be very, very tough, because their offense has the ability to produce runs faster than the blink of an eye.
From the seventh to the 10th frames on Sunday, the Bombers honored that nickname and scored six runs, on three homers: first, Giancarlo Stanton had the first hit of the night in the seventh with a long blast.
Once the Yankees recover most of their injured relievers and bring in a player or two before the deadline, they could be unstoppable.
Despite a rough series offensively, they showed enough grit and “dawg” in them to split the four-game set.