The Yankees have scored just two runs and produced 10 hits in two 2-1 losses to the Astros in the ALCS after finishing second in the MLB in runs scored during the regular season.
While the team's bullpen has been lights out for the most part and Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino recorded two quality starts, the Baby Bombers' lineup has been quiet in the ALCS.
C Gary Sanchez, who had 33 home runs and 90 RBI in 2017, has struck out five times in seven at-bats and doesn't have a single hit. RF Aaron Judge, who hit an AL-leading 52 homers, has just one hit and hasn't driven in a run, while Didi Gregorius, two home runs in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Indians, has only one hit himself.
In Game 2 on Saturday evening, the Yankees struck out 13 times -- Brett Gardner, Judge, Sanchez and Starlin Castro combined for nine of them -- and completed the game with zero batters hitting over the .300 mark for the series.
The good news for the Yankees is they have faced the Astros' two top pitchers and two former Cy Young winners in Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in the opening games, and will go toe-to-toe with Charlie Morton in Game 3. They also return home -- a park where they are obviously more comfortable hitting in -- for the next three outings.
The Yankees are back in action against the Astros on Monday at 8:08 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.