Witnessing the birth of the next great Yankees dynasty

New York Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle (48). (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
New York Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle (48). (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The Astros haven’t lost three games in a row since early September. But the Yankees who have outscored them 19-5 in the ALCS could care less as they look to punch their ticket to the World Series.

If the Yankees wish to extend their run for magical World Series title No. 28, they’ll have to win on the road, which is something neither them or the Astros have yet to accomplish in this years ALCS.

With much of the talk this past week centered around the immense home-field advantage Yankee Stadium recently brought with it — highlighted by three raucous crowds that were reminiscent of the ‘Bronx Zoo’ days (49,647 in attendance on Wednesday), the Bombers have been equally mediocre on the road in 2017, going 40-41.

In a rematch of Game 2, Justin Verlander will take on Luis Severino. The bright side of once again facing the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Winner is that as dominant as Verlander was during his 13-strikeout complete game masterpiece, is that his club barely managed to hang on for the 2-1 victory.

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Despite being held in check the first time around by Verlander and Dallas Kuechel, veteran DH, Chase Headley, explained the Yanks’ philosophy after dropping the first two games of the series to Newsday.

"“I’ve been incredibly impressed with the poise we’ve shown as a club,” said Chase Headley, who exorcised the DH curse with a three-hit game. “We struggled individually, struggled as a team, but there was never any panic. And that’s been the whole philosophy — don’t worry about what’s coming. Just worry about that one game.”"

Throw in the fact that Verlander is coming off of a 124-pitch count, and both Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have officially found their strokes — and well, we may have a very different outcome in Game 6.

Though these Yankees find themselves on the brink of something that no one in their right mind would have considered coming into Spring Training, this is a confident bunch that is hungry to leave their indelible mark on the game, not only this season but for years to come.

Having veteran leaders like Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Todd Frazier and even Matt Holliday, who no longer sees much of the field, is immeasurable.

Actually… strike that, you can measure their worth. From where this team sits today as opposed to where it began back in April, they are light years ahead of expectations.

Without a select few grizzled vets to lead by example, there’s no way the kids would have been able to overcome some of the inevitable hiccups that occurred over the past seven months.

Stocked with five of the top 100 prospects still in the minors, a boat-load of available money to spend over the next few off-seasons and budding young superstars at key positions, we are witnessing the birth of the next great dynasty in the Bronx.

Don’t believe me? Think I’m getting ahead of myself? Well, too bad!

I’ve been behind this team from day one and it won’t stop anytime soon. I don’t care how long it takes to win championship No. 28. Though, I’d be fine with it happening sooner rather than later.

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With Amercian League pennant No. 41 within arms reach, the Yankees will look to keep their feel-good story alive. Who would have thought the words Yankees, and feel-good would ever appear in the same sentence?

Only Yankee fans, of course!