Like most of us, Mike Francesa saves his spiciest takes for Twitter.
The broadcast legend slammed the Yankees after their 3-2 ALCS Game 2 loss to the Astros, after which starting pitcher Luis Severino said Houston “got lucky.”
“The Yanks sound like losers after the game. Shut up about the outing bike. Try to hit the ball, ” Francesa tweeted Thursday night.
Francesa was referring to Severino citing the speed out of Alex Bregman’s home run and Aaron Judge’s long fly ball that was snagged on the right field fence by Kyle Tucker.
“[Bregman] hit it at 91 mph,’ Severino told reporters of Bregman’s three-run outburst and Crawford Boxes third inning in left field. “That’s the only thing I’m going to say. And the judge hit him 106 [mph] and he didn’t come out. They were lucky.
Francesa didn’t appreciate Severino’s dismissive tone as the Yankees are now down a 2-0 hole against their hated rivals.
The judge’s shot in the eighth inning to the right, almost a game-turning two-run homer, fell just short of the fence and into Kyle Tucker’s glove.
On his BetRivers podcast that the longtime WFAN staple recorded after the show, he took on a more measured tone. Francesa always lamented the Yankees’ lack of hitting and correctly noted that the Yankees would have been ruled out had it not been for starting pitcher Framber Valdez’s two-base error in the fourth inning. Still, Francesa liked the Yankees’ chances in Game 3 Saturday in the Bronx with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound.
“The Yankees haven’t put two guys on base in any inning,” Francesa said. “It’s very hard to win unless you hit a bunch of solo home runs. They didn’t and they knocked 13 times. That’s 30 times in two games. You have to put the ball in play, get hits, they get no hits. Maybe home cooking will make a difference.
Francesa had two positive takeaways; the decision to move Harrison Bader up front and the defensive magic of shortstop Oswald Peraza after the vaunted prospect made his first playoff start there on Thursday night.
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