Murti: Big Hit Proving Elusive For Yankees

The Yankees are getting guys on base; they're just not getting them home

Taz and the Moose
October 16, 2019 - 10:24 am
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After blanking the Astros 7-0 in Game 1 of the ALCS, the Yankees have dropped back-to-back games, losing Game 2, 3-2, in 11 innings and losing Game 3, 4-1.

Getting guys on base wasn’t an issue in either game; getting them home, was.

“I think both games, if you look at the number of baserunners they put on respective to what Verlander and Cole allow typically, the Yankees outdid that,” WFAN Yankees writer Sweeny Murti said on Taz & The Moose. “They put more runners on base against them, and they scored two runs against those guys.”

Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in Game 2. Gleyber Torres hit a solo shot in Game 3. Those are the only runs the Yankees have scored in the last two games.

“For all the fuss about how the Yankees score in the postseason or what they need to do, they’re hitting for a higher average than the Astros and they’re striking out fewer times than the Astros, but they’re not scoring as many runs as the Astros,” Murti said. “Why is that? The home run ball has certainly played a part in it.”

Murti thought the Yankees’ approach was spot-on with Gerrit Cole, who walked five batters in 7.0 innings in Game 3.

“I thought they did exactly what they needed to do against Gerrit Cole,” Murti said. “But that one time they needed to get the hit, Cole beared down and made good pitches. . . . They were not chasing against Gerrit Cole. They walked five times. When he threw pitches in the zone, they swung at them. That’s what you’re supposed to do. Unfortunately, they didn’t find holes, and the one that Didi (Gregorius) hit the second time up landed abut two feet too short for the Yankees or else it’s a different result. I thought the approach against Cole was exactly what they needed to do. That final big hit just never came.”

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