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4 Players Who Completely Choked Away the ALCS for the Yankees

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 13: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Gary Sanchez #24 after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Houston Astros walked it off against the New York Yankees on Saturday night and advanced to their second World Series in the last three seasons. The Yankees have no one to blame but themselves, as so many players failed to show up and deliver over the course of the six games.

Who's to blame the most? Here are four Yankees that contributed most to the team's downfall.

4. Aaron Judge

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 19:  Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates a game-tying two-run home run by DJ LeMahieu #26 against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in game six of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Six | Elsa/Getty Images

Coming into the series, Yankees fans had some seriously high expectations for their star slugger, and rightfully so. In just 378 regular-season at-bats, Judge had 27 home runs, which is incredible. However, that power just didn't translate to the postseason as he managed to slug just one home run in the ALCS, hit an uninspiring .240 in the series with an OPS under .700, and failed to deliver in numerous big spots, striking out 10 times in 28 plate appearances. Judge's performance will likely haunt him for a while.

3. Chad Green

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 19:  Chad Green #57 of the New York Yankees pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros during Game Six of the League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Six | Tim Warner/Getty Images

Green flopped big time. In a pivotal Game 6, he allowed a three-run homer to Yuli Gurriel in the opening frame, giving the Astros a strong lead that they held for most of the game. This wasn't the only bad outing for Green, as he also served up a three-run dinger to Carlos Correa in Game 4 that opened the floodgates to make it 6-1. Green is definitely going to have a hard time forgetting this series

2. Edwin Encarnacion

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 13: Edwin Encarnacion #30 of the New York Yankees strikes out during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game two of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Two | Bob Levey/Getty Images

After his huge ALDS performance, many fans thought Encarnacion would play a crucial role for the Yankees in the ALCS. Those fans couldn't have been more wrong. In 18 ALCS at-bats, Encarnacion managed just one hit and struck out a whopping 11 times. He had plenty of chances to help the Yankees when they had runners in scoring position, but time after time he just couldn't produce. Yes, most Yankees players couldn't hit the Astros, but a veteran hitter like Encarnacion should've done better than one measly hit.

1. Gary Sanchez

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 17: Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice prior to game four of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium on October 17, 2019 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - Houston Astros v New York Yankees - Game Four | Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Terrible defense. Terrible situational hitting. Downright bad at-bats. The only player worse than Sanchez was Encarnacion, but the veteran catcher has to take the cake for his defensive woes as well. El Gary hit just .130 with a .428 OPS in 23 at-bats, with his one big hit (a two-run homer in Game 4), coming after the Yankees were already down five runs. It's safe to say fans are NOT pleased with him.