Only one of the three division series of MLB’s playoffs has come to an end via the sweep, and that’s the one involving the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. After two wins at home, the Yankees got the job done as early as possible on Monday night when they went on the road to win 5-1.
Game 3 of the series saw Gleyber Torres shine both at the plate and in the field. His solo shot got them on the board in the second inning, he hit two doubles that led to scoring runs, and his defensive play was superb. Luis Severino (and company) were good, too, helping them move on to the ALCS. They will likely be facing the Houston Astros there, but they were forced to wait another day to clinch the ALDS as the Tampa Bay Rays got a big win in Florida in Game 3. The 10-3 victory was keyed by four home runs in total, part of a three-inning stretch that saw them post eight runs and get out to an 8-1 advantage. The Astros threatened, but they never realistically stood a chance at coming back to wrap up the series. Charlie Morton simply outpitched Zach Greinke, something they will need more of him on Tuesday if they are to stay alive yet again.