The New York Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs after receiving an ALCS sweep to the Houston Astros on Sunday night.
Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman delivered big hits and the Houston Astros advanced again to the World Series, finishing a four-game sweep of New York in the AL Championship Series with a 6-5 win Sunday night aided by another defensive blunder from the Yankees.
Taking advantage of a costly error by second baseman Gleyber Torres to produce the lead rally in the seventh inning, the Astros won their second consecutive pennant and fourth in six years.
The New York Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs due to an ALCS sweep
The Houston Astros advanced to the World Series after completing a four-game ALCS sweep
Ironically, it was star slugger and record breaker Aaron Judge who was the last one for Yankees
Harrison Bader offered New York a glimmer of hope as he gave the Yankees the lead in the sixth
Houston Astros Jose Altuve scores on a single by Yordan Alvarez in the seventh inning
Rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña hit a three-run homer off ailing Yankees starter Nestor Cortes to help the AL West champions overcome an early 3-0 deficit.
Houston opens the World Series at home Friday night against Bryce Harper and the wildcard Philadelphia Phillies, who defeated San Diego earlier in the day to finish the best-of-seven NLCS in five games.
It was the first time since 1992 that both pennants were decided on the same day.
After losing to Atlanta in last year’s World Series, Houston earned the fifth pennant in franchise history and another shot at the second World Series championship.
The team’s title in 2017 was tarnished by a false scandal.
Alvarez pushes on on an RBI single to score the tying run against the New York Yankees
Isiah Kiner-Falefa loses the glove on a throwing error by baseman Gleyber Torres
Houston Astros Jeremy Pena (3) reacts after scoring on a single by Alex Bregman
Yankees’ short stop Gelyber Torres slides back into first base in the third inning
The loss of the Yankees means Aaron Judge’s future is uncertain. It remains to be seen if Aaron Boone’s is too.
Judge’s career in pinstripes could have ended when he reached the final in Sunday night’s 6-5 loss against the Houston Astros, who completed a four-game AL Championship Series sweep as the Yankees unraveled with another defensive collapse.
In the hours before opening day, Judge turned down a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million between 2023 and 29, opting instead to remain eligible for free agency after the World Series.
The Yankees’ Loss Means Aaron Judge’s Future Is Uncertain After His Historic Season
He set an American League-record with 62 home runs, tied with 131 RBI’s in the Major League and finished second in the AL with a .311 batting average. But he hit only .139 with three RBI’s and strikeouts 15 in the postseason and went 1 for 16 (.063) with no RBI’s against the Astros. He made the final on a comebacker.
Able to negotiate with all teams from the sixth day after the World Series, Judge gets a big reward for betting on himself. He could force a contract worth more than $300 million.
Boone agreed to a three-year contract last October with a team option for 2025. In his fifth season as manager, New York sprinted to a 61-23 record in early July, providing comparison with the 1998 Yankees championship. But hampered by injuries, the Yankees went 38-40 the rest of the way.
Manager Aaron Boone agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2025 last October
Cleveland expanded the Division Series to five games and Boone’s pitching and outfield decisions were repeatedly questioned. The debate will only heat up after he left Nestor Cortes on Sunday night, allowing All-Star left-hander Jeremy Pena’s tying three-run homer. Boone then removed Cortes and the Yankees announced that the southpaw had another left groin injury.
The New York defense was a constant problem in the playoffs, committing six errors and failing several times.
Without a World Series title since 2009, New York enters an offseason in which pitcher Jameson Taillon, outfielder Andrew Benintendi and utilitymen Matt Carpenter and Marwin Gonzalez are eligible for free agency along with relievers Chad Green, Miguel Castro, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman.
Boone removed Nestor Cortes as the pitcher suffered another left groin injury
First baseman Anthony Rizzo could opt out and give up a $16 million salary for next season, and the Yankees will likely exercise a $15 million option on pitcher Luis Severino instead of paying a $2.75 million buyout .
Brian Cashman, the general manager since 1998, is finishing a five-year contract. He has tried in recent years to adjust the roster to make the batting order less right-handed and improve the defense.
The process began when Gleyber Torres was moved to second base in September 2021 and traded catcher Gary Sánchez last winter, keeping up with the acquisition of midfielder Harrison Bader in August.