You can’t win if you don’t score, and in 22 innings vs. Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel this season (regular and postseason), the Yankees didn’t score once.
As a result, the Yankees are going home, eliminated from the rest of the postseason, after losing 3-0 to Houston in the wild card game. The Yanks managed just three hits all night.
Chris Young started in left, and I guess the decision was who would play CF and who would sit between Brett Gardner & Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury sat, Gardner was awful, striking out three times, but it wouldn’t have made a difference. Ellsbury PH and popped up late in the game.
Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t bad, but on this night he had to be perfect. He wasn’t, giving up solo HRs in the second and fourth innings. Houston touched Dellin Betances for a run in the seventh.
Tanaka (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
The way the Yanks weren’t hitting, when the Yanks got down 2-0, it felt like 20-0, and you kind of knew Houston would be the ones heading to KC.
Tip your cap to Keuchel and the Astros. Hopefully in 2016, the Yanks can score off of Keuchel.
Soon, a review of the 2015 season, including final report cards and a look at what the Yanks must do to improve in 2016.