Big Apple sports radio legend Mike Francesa didn’t hold back on criticizing the New York Yankees after the Bronx Bombers dropped Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at the Houston Astros 3-2 to fall into a 2-0 series hole:
As Justin Terranova explained for the New York Post, it’s assumed Francesa was referencing how Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino told reporters he thought the Astros merely “got lucky” that a shot hit by third baseman Alex Bregman sailed over the wall in the bottom of the third inning.
Meanwhile, New York manager Aaron Boone noted that the Minute Maid Park roof remaining open presumably helped keep a ball smashed by slugger Aaron Judge in the park during the top of the eighth inning of Thursday’s contest.
“[Bregman] hit it 91 mph,” Severino said of the game-deciding homer. “That’s the only thing I’m gonna say. And Judge hit it 106 [mph], and it didn’t go out. They got lucky.”
Francesa lamented New York’s offensive woes during the postgame edition of his BetRivers podcast.
“The Yankees didn’t put two guys on base in any inning,” he complained. “Very hard to win that way unless you’re going to hit a bunch of solo home runs. They did not and they struck out 13 times. That’s 30 times in two games. You have to put the ball in play, get some base hits. They don’t get any hits. Maybe the home cooking will be a difference-maker.”
The Yankees will look to turn things around when they host the Astros in Game 3 on Saturday. As for Francesa, it appears he will continue to generate headlines this fall as long as New York remains alive.