The New York Yankees are one win away from the World Series.
Do you understand how unbelievable that is?
Here are just a few questions that Yankee fans had before the season, making imagining a deep playoff run pretty unrealistic.
- What can we expect out of Aaron Judge? After he struck out on basically 50% of his at-bats in 2016.
- Who is our fifth starter? Remember Joe Girardi didn’t name Jordan Montgomery the fifth starter until the second week of the season.
- Did CC have any left in the tank?
- Would Didi Gregorius’ World Baseball Classic injury affect him?
- Is Luis Severino a starter? Or should he maybe go to the pen?
- Will we ever get a serviceable first baseman? Greg Bird struggled badly before getting injured and was replaced by Chris Carter.
- Can Michael Pineda give the Yankees something in a contract year? (Sigh).
- Will Masahiro Tanaka find his way back to the ace-type pitcher we know he can be?
- When will Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres come up to gain MLB experience in a “rebuilding season?”
- Will Joe Girardi be signed back?
- Will Brian Cashman be signed back? (This one was never really in doubt at all).
The fact the Yankees had all of these question marks and “rebuilding” aura around them before the season, and are now one win away from now only making the playoffs, but playing in the World Series is really incredible. I don’t want to repeat the word unbelievable, but there is no other word to describe it.
Not one Yankees fan thought they would be this close to a World Series. Not one. If so, you are either lying or just always had these out of hand expectations.
They have to go through Justin Verlander and then possibly a Game 7 on the road, where anything can happen, but we will cross that bridge if we have to.
For now, the Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound with a chance to play in the World Series.