After Yankees hitters struck out 30 instances within the first two video games of the ALCS and Giancarlo Stanton stated following Sport 2 that the offense would possibly want to vary its strategy in opposition to the Astros, hitting coach Dillon Lawson stated that was not the reply.
“We’re not gonna go in there and develop some new ability,’’ Lawson stated earlier than Sport 3 in The Bronx on Saturday. “That point has handed. That is about execution.”
As soon as once more on Saturday, the Yankees’ offense didn’t execute, and so they misplaced to the Astros, 5-0.
The truth is, they put up one of many worst performances in postseason historical past, with simply three hits — a fourth-inning double by Stanton and a pair of two-out singles within the ninth by Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader.
That got here after that they had a complete of 9 hits within the first two video games.
Gleyber Torres walks to the dugout after placing out throughout the Yankees’ 5-0 ALCS Sport 3 loss to the Astros.Getty Photographs
Going again even additional, the Yankees have been held to 6 hits or fewer in 10 consecutive playoff video games, relationship to Sport 5 of the 2020 ALDS. Throughout that span, they’re hitting .159 (49-for-309).
In eight playoff video games this 12 months, the Yankees are hitting simply .161 (40-for-249), which is increased than only one group this postseason (the Rays hit simply .115 of their wild card loss to Toronto).
For a group designed to hit homers, the Yankees’ energy has been largely absent. They entered Saturday with a .590 OPS, forward of simply Tampa Bay, Cleveland and St. Louis, all of which have been knocked out by the top of the ALDS.
However, Lawson received’t be dissuaded from his strategy.
“Our strengths are gonna be our strengths,” he stated. “And people are that now we have energy and we don’t chase.”
It’s a philosophy from which Lawson stated he has not wavered regardless of the group not hitting a lot throughout the postseason.
“We constructed issues throughout the season and we’re not gonna attempt to develop new strengths this collection,’’ Lawson stated.
“What makes our offense actually good is dictating counts,’’ stated Matt Carpenter, who went 1-for-4 within the loss. “We get forward and pitchers are afraid to come back within the zone. We get walks and baserunners and that results in injury. You have a look at the at-bats on this collection and it’s 0-1, 0-2 on everyone. You’ve received to provide them some credit score. I do know nobody desires to listen to it.”
An offense constructed across the residence run hasn’t hit one in two video games, whereas Houston has had key blasts in all three.
“Everybody must go deep diving on what we have to enhance on,’’ Aaron Choose stated.
However yet one more loss will finish their season.
“We’re working out of time,’’ Carpenter stated. “We’ve received to discover a approach as a gaggle to win some video games.”
“The playoffs [are] laborious, man,’’ supervisor Aaron Boone stated previous to the sport. “And we’re up in opposition to in all probability the very best pitching workers there may be going proper now, so there’s going to be some bumps in that. We’ve gone up in opposition to [Justin] Verlander [and] Framber [Valdez]. We’ve gotten two runs in every sport. It hasn’t been fairly sufficient. It’s laborious this time of 12 months. You’ve received to simply maintain powering via it, sport plan as finest as you’ll be able to.”