Although the calendar read late August, the vibe around the ballpark and leading into the weekend had all the feelings of October.
The question many Yankees fans wanted answered was how would the boys from the Bronx match up against a team who easily could be a future World Series opponent.
Although the weekend provided a small sample size that may not necessarily reflect October, the series result was an overwhelming success for the New York Yankees.
Yes, the Yankees took two out of three games in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t necessarily tell the story of the weekend.
This weekend showcased the blueprint of what successful Yankees playoff October baseball must be about.
In both victories, the Yankees starting pitching staff outperformed Hyu-jin Ryu and Clayton Kershaw, two of the best starters in the National League.
James Paxton and Domingo German were masterful against a lineup leading the National League in runs scored.
The efforts all year from German, and recently from Paxton, are exactly the sort of performances that will be needed to help the Yankees win in October.
In addition to the Yankees starting staff shining in Los Angeles, the Yankees bullpen was untouchable for three games.
It’s a bullpen that will be heavily relied upon, and this weekend was another reminder of how the Yankees have the deepest and best pen in the sport.
Offensively, the Yankees mashed their way to nine homers in three games against the elite Dodgers pitching staff.
The star of the weekend was none other than the Yankees slumping superstar Aaron Judge.
The Yankees entered the road trip with a whole lot of concern about the performance of Aaron Judge since his return from the injured list.
Any questions about Judge’s performance or lack of power should be quieted by his monster weekend in LA.
Moonshot homers in three consecutive days was just what the doctor ordered.
I was lucky enough to take in Friday and Saturday’s game from Dodger Stadium, and as enjoyable as the scene may have been, one simple thought kept running through my mind: wouldn’t it be fun to come back and see this again in late October.
Without those awful players weekend jerseys of course!
The Yankees aced their August Hollywood audition, we’ll see if there’s a second act in October.
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