By Colten Hagadus
The 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs have begun and America’s National Pastime seems to have been revitalized with the emergence of young stars like Aaron Judge and Francisco Lindor. Judge has hit 52 home runs to this date while Lindor impresses with his defensive mentality, along with the ability to hit for a high average at .293 for his career. To kick it off, The New York Yankees won their winner take all wildcard game v.s. The Minnesota Twins. They then advanced to American League Divisional Round, where they also took care of the Cleveland Indians 3 wins to 2, in a 5 game series. This came as a surprise as the Yankees somehow found a way to defeat one of the best pitchers in the game, Corey Kluber, not 1 but 2 times. New York will face the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series, with the winner reaching the ultimate stage in the World Series. The Astros hope to counter the Yankees lineup with Ace Dallas Keuchel, but that may not be enough to stop the Yank’s hot lineup.