When Aaron Boone's Yankees lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS was announced earlier on Saturday, it was nearly identical to what the team rolled out in the ALDS against the Twins, with one notable exception.
Boone moved Gleyber Torres up to the third spot in the order, hitting between Aaron Judge and Edwin Encarnacion.
The impact of that move was felt immediately against the Astros, as Torres went 3-for-5 at the plate, driving in five runs in the Yankees' dominant 7-0 Game 1 win.
Afterwards, Boone explained what it is about Torres' game that made him prepared for Saturday night's spotlight.
"Smart, confident, and when you have talent, that's a really good combination," Boone said of Torres. "He's always had that since he's come to the big leagues, and he plays the game with kind of a free and easy way and a confidence about his game. But the intelligence part is big, because it's allowed him to continue to grow and get better at all the little things.
"He comes into the game prepared, he likes playing in these situations, and he's confident in his ability to produce, and that leads to a dangerous player."
When Torres was asked about Saturday's three-hit game, "preparation" was the key word.
"Everything is preparation before each at-bat. I've got a really good plan and just try to do my job," Torres told FOX's Ken Rosenthal after the game.
"I believe in what I can do. … The most important thing for me is to stay humble and respect the game."
With three more hits on Saturday, Torres is now hitting .471 with two home runs and nine runs driven in the Yankees' four postseason games this October.
"Each opportunity that I got, I just believed in myself and I just tried to help and be confident," said Torres.
"The key is I just have a really good plan (when I) go to home plate."
Torres has had a meteoric rise to stardom with the Bombers, and his teammates have noticed how well he prepares for every game.
"Guy's a gamer. Like I've said, he comes ready to play," said Aaron Judge. "That's the thing I've noticed about him, even during the season, it could be April 1st or it could be October 10th, he comes ready to play, he's going to give his all and that's what you want out of your 22-year-old superstar."
Now, thanks in large part to Torres' terrific Game 1, the Yankees have taken a 1-0 series lead and have a chance on Sunday to head back to the Bronx with a 2-0 lead.
"We've got a really good team," said Torres. "And we believe in what we can do."