When all was said and done, after a full slate of 162 games, the Yankees wound up playing one more than the Red Sox.
Tuesday’s 3-0 shutout, Wild Card victory by the Astros stung for New York fans, who soundly booed their team, after watching decent pitching but a nearly silent Yankee offense. All during the regular season, the Yankees were shutout just twice at home.
With just three hits, the Yankees were shutout in a postseason elimination game for only the 5th time since 1903. Remarkably, all five of those games have come at home in New York. In 379 postseason Yankees games since 1903, Tuesday’s was just the 15th with three or fewer Bombers’ hits.
New York had averaged 4.72 runs per game in the 2015 regular season, second only to the Blue Jays’ 5.50 mark, the best record in baseball. But of late, Yankee runs have been hard to come by. Over their last 12 games of the season the Yankees were 4-8, averaging just 3.0 runs per game.
The Astros face off against the Royals in the American League Division Series starting Thursday.