Yankees: Sevy, Judge, LeMahieu, Gardner put scare in playoff opponents

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees celebrates his first inning three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees celebrates his first inning three run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 at Yankee Stadium on September 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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On Sunday Yankees ace Luis Severino cruised through five scoreless inning and struck out nine in his second start off the injured list. Aaron Judge, D.J. LeMehieu, and Brett Gardner pounded homers, likely putting a scare into playoff opponents.

The Yankees played game 157 on Sunday, and as we’ve come to respect, won their 102nd win. This game came with monstrous conclusions for playoff opponents, as Luis Severino spread out only three hits and dominated the tough Blue Jay lineup for five innings, warning the MLB that his comeback is no fluke.

Severino didn’t walk a soul and looked like the ace we’ve all expected him to be. If the Yankees have shown anything this year, omitting Betances, Stanton, and Hicks, they are very good at rehabilitating their best players after surgeries, and not once rushed anyone all season long. Of course, the youngsters had something to do with that.

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You might ask, where do I get the idea other playoff teams are now more afraid of the Yankees? Well, I suppose I’m throwing a guess out there, but if you went home and watched the replays and sports news at night, or just checked it out here on Yanks Go Yard or FanSided, you would probably be sitting in your comfy chair shaking your head at almost every game the Yanks have played this September. Maybe, even trembling in their slippers a little.

If the team has ever shown a strong emergence in preparing for October 2019, this has been one of the most prominent September dominations in their modern history. Again, we have to put them right on the same level as the 1998 team that won 114. They won’t reach that number of wins, but they’ve closed out this season in the same fashion that dynasty did. Do we have a new Dynasty beginning?

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The Yanks finished off a 4-2 homestand at home with an 8-3 win, and will be sad to go on the road, but don’t expect them to dominate any less, or rest anyone too long in the last days. Home-field advantage is still at play, and Yankee Stadium is where they want every game one of each round of the playoffs.