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The Time Is Now For The New York Yankees

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After coming back from 0-2 to beat Cleveland in the ALDS, the Yankees are ready to go all the way.

Last Friday the New York Yankees experienced one of their most painful losses in recent memory.

With a simple replay challenge, manager Joe Girardi could’ve ended an Indians rally that would eventually erase a five-run Yankees lead. His catcher, Gary Sanchez, immediately called to his dugout to challenge a hit by pitch.

For those of us watching at home, replay immediately showed the ball, in fact, hit the knob of the bat and went into the catcher’s glove. Easy choice to challenge a play that could result in a foul tip strikeout and end the inning, right?

Well, for some reason Girardi didn’t see it that way. What probably happened is the guys on the phone telling him what to do didn’t have the guts to suggest a challenge.

Consequently, Girardi would quickly become the most hated man in New York and the Yankees took a devastating loss and a 0-2 series deficit.

Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

To come back from a 0-2 hole would be highly improbable. Coming back from a devastating loss like that Game 2 debacle would seem impossible.

Now ask a team to perform that comeback against a Cleveland Indians team that won an American League record-setting 22 games in a row less than a month ago?

See you next year, right?

Wrong. Not this team. The New York Yankees rallied back to win games 3 and 4 on the backs of starters Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka. With the help of a lock-down bullpen and some clutch hitting the Yankees brought the series back to Cleveland.

In a Game 5 for the ages, the Yankees defeated the Indians on Wednesday night to advance to the ALCS. Didi Gregorious socked two home runs off of ace right-hander Corey Kluber. Veteran CC Sabathia kept his team in the game. He limited the Indians to two runs through 4.1 innings and striking out nine.

Win The Whole F’ing Thing

This New York Yankees team has proved to the world that they are the real deal. They proved that they deserve to be where they are and nothing is going to keep them from fighting towards the ultimate goal.

They just defeated a team that went all the way to Game 7 of the World Series last year, and they did it with their backs against the ropes.

Now the task that lies ahead doesn’t get any easier. They face off against a Houston Astros team that won 101 games. A team that scored a league-leading 896 runs. Yankees finished in second with 858.

No, it’s not going to be easy, but then again nothing really worth achieving ever is. The players on this team have shown that they have what it takes to pick each other up and go to battle.

It appears that the American League Championship Series will be just that. A battle. With two high-scoring offenses facing off, the New York Yankees will need to rely on solid performances from their starters and the continued dominance from their bullpen.

One thing is certain. This surprising Yankees club will have one thing on their mind.

The chase for a 28th World Series championship.

ALCS Game 1 – Friday @ 5:00 PM PT (FS1)

New York Yankees @ Houston Astros

Tanaka(NYY) vs Keuchel(HOU)