Mike Francesa: Disruption Of Astros' Rotation Could Make Yankees Favorites For ALCS

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October 08, 2019 - 4:44 pm
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The Yankees did what was expected of them in the ALDS.

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Aaron Boone’s team made quick work of the Twins, who they swept in three dominant performances. New York now awaits the winner of the series between the Astros and Rays. Houston leads 2-1 heading into a crucial Game 4.

Mike Francesa said on “Mike’s On” Tuesday that he thinks a potential Game 5 with Tampa could disrupt the Astros’ rotation so much that the Yankees would be considered favorites for the ALCS.

“If you’re a Yankee fan … what you’d like to do, is somehow get past this game with (Justin) Verlander tonight,” Francesa said on WFAN. “And then, make them pitch (Gerrit) Cole, because that will disrupt their rotation to the point where it would make the Yankees probably the favorites for the series. I think it could be that big.”

The Astros had taken a two-game lead on the Rays, but Tampa Bay fought back on its home turf Monday to win Game 3. Houston’s 107-55 record was the best in Major League Baseball this season, so it’s safe to say the Yankees would rather see the Rays in the next round, as unlikely as that still may be.

Verlander takes the mound for the AL Central champs on Tuesday night, and they’d be forced to start Cole again if the underdogs can extend the series to a Game 5.

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Francesa further laid out the scenario. 

“Now, if Verlander wins today … Verlander slots right in the two-spot on full rest on Sunday, so it doesn’t really impact anything because you’ve still got Cole and Verlander one-two. And there’s no change, no real big deal there.”

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Even if it’s still hard to see them winning the whole series, Francesa suggested that Yankees fans should be pulling hard for Tampa in Game 4.

“The bottom line is, you want to be a Rays fan of the highest order today if you’re a Yankees fan.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to the full open from Tuesday's "Mike's Open" show.