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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/11/17

Players picking Girardi up; Bullpen will be rested; Judge should express himself; Astros should want to face Cleveland’s baseball team

Divisional Round - New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians - Game Two Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

New York Post | George A. King III: In case you forgot, Joe Girardi messed up big time in Game 2 of the ALDS. Fortunately for him, though, this team rallied. With their backs against the wall, the Yankees picked up their manager and forced a Game 5. Joe Girardi is appreciative of his team picking him up and acknowledges that. The best thing to do is just learn and move on and if they win today, none of that matters.

Sports Illustrated | Kenny Ducey: The Yankees greatest strength is obviously their bullpen and going into Game 5, the bullpen is at full strength. This is bad news for Cleveland’s baseball team. Granted the Yankees’ offense still has to do work against Corey Kluber, CC Sabathia will have the full cavalry to back him up in the quest to advance face the Astros in the ALCS. | Brendan Kuty: Outside of a booming two-run double in Game 4, Aaron Judge has struggled a lot during the ALDS. As Tyler Norton pointed out, it looks like the strike zone has been expanding for him during this series and as a result, he’s been caught looking more times than normal. Judge has shied away from making a big deal or complaining to the umpires about the strike zone. Joe Girardi, however, said he wouldn’t mind if Judge showed a bit more emotion and expressed his concerns to the umpires more.

Washington Post | Neil Greenberg: The Yankees have come back in roaring fashion against Cleveland’s baseball team and forced a decisive Game 5. Awaiting the winner of that Game 5 on Wednesday night will be the Houston Astros. While Cleveland’s baseball team is probably the better overall team, it’s actually them that the Astros should be hoping to face. The Astros have overall struggled hitting pitches with high velocity and and flamethrowers are found throughout the Yankee pitching staff.