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Yankees need to know it’s not the wind that’s missing them – Orange County Register

The Yankees come home now after scoring just two earned runs in two games at Minute Maid Park, then talked afterwards about the open roof and a nasty old wind blowing there Thursday night, allegedly helping the Astros and hurting them because that Aaron Judge’s ball was not a Yankee Stadium home run in the 8th inning. It was later determined that the judge’s ball would have been a home run to the stadium, and only to the stadium. Maybe. Maybe he’ll hit them far enough at the stadium this weekend and look like the King of Baseball and keep the Yankees from getting rolled by the Astros again.

Here’s a chance for the Yankees to prove once and for all that the Astros just aren’t better than them. Better, deeper, more talented.

Five years ago, the Yankees returned home after losing the first two in Houston and won three in a row on 161st Street, coming as close to qualifying for the World Series as they have come. since 2009. Now they need to get at least two, with their top two pitchers going to change the narrative with the Astros once and for all. Or they go home not good enough to beat Houston, and not good enough to make the series, and just not good enough, period.

By the end of the weekend, we’ll know if these Yankees are anything more than the champions of being pretty good, only being able to top American League Central at this time of year; if they are about to fall below the Fall Classic. Still.

This, however, we already know: when you’re not knocking, you’re not supposed to leave town giving a weather report. This may be the weekend the Yankees look like a more complete team than the Astros, who have become the kind of perennial contender the Yankees should be.

“Who would have thought, I think the open top kind of killed us,” Aaron Boone said when it was over, for now and maybe for good, in Houston. “I think it’s a 390[-foot] home ball [that Judge hit] … I didn’t think he smoked it like a non-skeptic, but it felt like his home runs were okay.

The judge therefore failed to make a home run at Yankee Stadium in Houston on Thursday. Giancarlo Stanton just missed a Wednesday. Now they all have the chance to turn things around with their season on the line. They have the chance to win tough games at home like the Astros just did. But they certainly can’t do it by looking like Al Roker with their post-match analysis. What they need to show, really, is that they can hit the Astros throw when these games are in play.

Five years ago, even after winning three straight at the Stadium and everything looked like a Yankee October, they returned to Houston and scored a point in the last two games. They returned to Houston this week and scored just four points in two games because Framber Valdez gave them a few points on a ball he turned into a big adventure.

The Astros were no good in Houston. They weren’t. The Astros were able to pitch their ace, Justin Verlander, in Game 1 and the Yankees had to wait for Gerrit Cole to pitch in Game 3. But the Astros hit three home runs in Game 1 and Alex Bregman made the biggest swing of the series so far with his three-point shot on Luis Severino. Valdez and the Astros bullpen did the rest. And the Yankees left Houston, for now, acting like the answers they needed were somehow blowing in the wind.

Just as the Guardians played the Yankees in the divisional round, the way they pushed the Yankees to five games, it’s clear the Yankees are now up against the university, not just the best team in their league. this season but, more time, the best team in the league for a long time, whether they stole signs or not. And by the way ? It’s probably high time for Yankee fans to stop pleading the past with the Astros because they’ve got their hands full right now, they need to get a few games in and four out of five against Houston if they’re going to make it to their second world. Series over the past 19 seasons.

The Astros? They’re trying to make it two in a row and four in the last six seasons. So far, all the Astros have done is win two tight games at home. They’ve been better so far, just enough. Now the Yankees are throwing their ace at them, and another guy — Nestor Cortes — who was more like their ace for much of this season. They won three games in a row, Games 3, 4 and 5, five years ago. They can do it again.

Once and for all, they have their chance to show the Astros are no better, and not just at this time of year. There is no roof at Yankee Stadium. But if the Yankees fail again, in a season that started 64-28, then there will always be the idea that the roof has fallen on them again in the month of baseball they’ve owned during the most of the last century.

Do you want to finally be better than the other guys? Be better now. Or never.

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