NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — A loss of power with a stick could soon end the Yankees’ postseason run.
Houston has virtually silenced New York kills, allowing only a few homers. The Astros reached Yankee Stadium with a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series, which is progressing to Game 3 this Saturday.
With two more wins, the Astros could eliminate the Yankees for the third time at this level in the past six seasons.
“We have to forget about the long balls and try to play the ball,” Giancarlo Stanton admitted after the 3-2 loss on Thursday. “We all have to make adjustments in the middle to play the ball. This game is very fast, and they are reading swings, reading body language. We have to fight that.”
New York have scored 18 of their 24 runs this season, with 11 home runs. The Yankees relied on homers even more than in the regular season, when they accounted for 50.8% of their scoring with homers, the highest among the majors.
The average among large companies was 39.8%.
The Yankees are batting just .169 in the playoffs, including an average of .138 (9-for-65) in two games against the Astros. The New York batsmen have dismissed Houston 30 times in eight.
“I want everyone to score .300 runs with 30 home runs,” manager Aaron Boone said on Friday. “In this era it’s hard not to have a team that isn’t hitting the ball out of the park or making an elite attack. And of course in the playoffs and whatever people say, home runs are a big deal. . . . you can understand the situation where you have to do certain things and take it easy in certain situations.”
During the season, New York led the major leagues with 254 home runs, the most among the major leagues. Houston allowed 134 – the second lowest, behind only San Francisco’s 132.
The Astros allowed just four homers during their 5–0 start to the season. This has helped him overcome the batting average of .229.
“We have a good attack. I think we just have to focus on what got us in this place, that helped us win a division and be where we want to be,” said Aaron Judge , who is 5-for-28 with two homers and 12 strikeouts. ,
“Whether it’s contact, or passing runners or hitting that big ball, we’ll find it and we’ll be where we need to be.”