Houston 7, NYY 1

October 21, 2017 – 7:17 am

What in the world was Girardi thinking leaving Severino in after walking the number six and eight batters in the fifth inning? He had clearly lost the strike zone, and with the Yankees getting shut out by Verlander, giving up just one run could be the end. And then after McCann doubles he still leaves him in? Inexcusable. And then after he walks Springer? That’s insane. But then after Altuve gets a hit and the Yankees are down 3-0, hell, the game is over. At that point you start regrouping for game seven. Either leave Severino in to burn innings, or bring in your secondary relievers. But no, he burns Chad Green and then Robertson. You are going to need all hands on deck for game seven. Makes no sense at all.

Oh well, at least we’ve got Sabathia going in the final game, and the Astros will have someone not named Verlander. So the Yankees still have a chance. But sheez, to have such a great season come down to a crap shoot game seven — that’s sad.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 7 1 10 2
Astros 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 X   7 8 0 7 5
WP: J. Verlander (2-0)   LP: L. Severino (0-1)   
HQS: HOU – J. Verlander (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, HOU – J. Altuve

LOB: NYY 8, HOU 6   RISP: NYY 0-for-6, HOU 4-for-7

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