Having dropped the first two games of their ALCS matcup with the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees try to regroup tonight when the series shifts venues. Charlie Morton and C.C. Sabathia match up tonight in Game 3 of the American League’s Championship Series at 8:00 PM EDT in Yankee Stadium. Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi was asked how he thought his team would react to being behind 2-0 with their backs against the wall in the best-of-seven-series.
“You know, I think we've been through enough this year that there's no panic,” Girardi said.
“There were times during the season where we were 15 games over and we fell to four games over, and you come out of the break and you lose a really tough one to Boston, we bounce back and win the next day. Guys started to understand that you have to be resilient in this game.
“It's just part of the game. You're going to have really tough losses and you have to learn to bounce back.
“And obviously would you rather be 1-1 or 2-0 the other way? Well, yeah. There's no panic in them. They're going to do what they do and see where the chips fall.”
The Yankees, of course, dropped the first two games of their ALDS matchup with the Cleveland Indians before taking three straight from the 2016 AL Champs, so Houston skipper A.J. Hinch said he knows better than to take anything for granted.
“I don't think anyone in our clubhouse is going to take it for granted that we have a 2-0 lead,” Hinch explained. “This isn't a best of two; it's the best of seven. Our guys know it. We stayed very focused in the best of five against Boston, the Division Series.
“We're tested enough and have enough players in the clubhouse that understand that there's no celebratory toast going on around here. We won the first two games, we come here, really tough place to play. Somewhere we have played well. But we don't think the Yankees are going to concede, and they certainly didn't concede against the Indians.
“Whether you have a long memory of back in the day of some unique things that happened or whether it's a short memory and you look back at the last series that this team played, they're going to fight for their season, they're not going to concede.”