After Tuesday night's 13-inning NL Wild Card affair, most baseball fans expected another tight contest in the American League's version of a one-game win or go home playoff. Instead, we got a power display.
The Yankees pitching excelled in critical situations, of course, but the takeaway from Wednesday night's win for those wearing pinstripes will be the absolute bombs by their big boppers, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. New York left little doubt from the crack of the bat.
Most batted balls 116 MPH+ this season:— Daren Willman (@darenw) October 4, 2018
Stanton & Judge 2 < Tonight
Luis Severino erased his Wild Card game demons, not just making it out of the first inning this time around but providing over four frames of shutout ball, albeit erratic at times with four walks.
Nonetheless, the run support was plentiful, and after running into some trouble in the fifth Dellin Betances was called upon to put out the fire.
Dellin Betances gets out of trouble pic.twitter.com/aZ5sDgzkc3— YES Network (@YESNetwork) October 4, 2018
Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks provided some much-needed insurance just an inning later, and the Yankees broke the game open with a four-spot in the sixth. From there, the game appeared in good hands.
Despite a Khris Davis home run in the eighth, there was no reason to think New York's electric bullpen could possibly surrender a lead this wide. For good measure, Stanton added yet another home run late. Because why not?
Talk about an exclamation point. Bring on Boston.