And, after a pair of high-energy games between the Bombers and Boston Red Sox in the Big Apple this week, Thursday's Game 3 figures to keep that playoff intensity alive.
The Red Sox and Yankees are both 26-11 on the season, sharing the best record in baseball. The loss drops the Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East with the Red Sox. They won their eighth straight and 17th game in 18 tries.
"It was kind of a nice way to do it", Fowler said. "I was kind of hoping that we could nearly slow them down in a sense. The attitude, the focus". If the team is capable of closing out their series sweep with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, May 10, then they will create a two-game gap in the divisional standings. "There's not many opportunities for that".
The awakening of Giancarlo Stanton commenced when the Yankees began their season with a fizzle.
Rookie Gleyber Torres swung a hot bat for the Yankees last week, going 8-for-23 with two home runs and nine RBI.
That's a huge sign of what this Yankee team can do moving forward and into October because those are some of the relievers they're going to have to go through to make it to the World Series. "It's just been working lately".
Vallejo's CC Sabathia remains stuck at career win No. 239. If that wasn't enough to get him going, which history overwhelmingly suggests it is, his last hit was the game victor.
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Listeners of a certain age might remember an early 1980's movie starring Kurt Russell called "Escape From New York", and that old John Carpenter film pretty much sums up how the Boston Red Sox felt when they got the final out against the NY Yankees in the Bronx last night.
Pitching, hitting, defense; they've all come together over the last three weeks.
Something that should work in the Yankees' favor in the finale? A booming thunderstorm rolled through immediately following, causing a 55-minute delay. The slugger's numbers against lefties are dramatically better than against right-handers.
Right now, Kelly isn't the same pitcher he was to open the season. Against righties, he's hitting.193 with a.626 OPS, three homers and a 36.3 at-bats per homer.
The Red Sox were at it again in the third, with Betts figuring prominently yet again.
"They expect to be really good".
That said, the No. 1 spot in next week's rankings will likely belong to the team that comes out on top this time around.
"As soon as I heard what was going on, I think we're better off for him to see what's going on, doing more testing, and going from there, making a decision", Cora said.