NEW YORK — Of the opposing athletes who have inspired New Yorkers to feel an overwhelming sense of postseason doom, Michael Jordan remains the modern-day standard. Dallas Keuchel was never Michael Jordan, but this much was clear: When Keuchel threw the baseball, the New York Yankees often took swings that were reminiscent of Jordan’s minor league cuts with the 1994 Birmingham Barons.
Let’s face it, if Keuchel shaved off his “Duck Dynasty” beard, he might’ve been confused with Hal Steinbrenner. The Houston Astros starter owned the Yankees, after all, terminating their season in the 2015 wild-card game and silencing them last week in Game 1 of this American League Championship Series. In those two October games, Keuchel struck out 17 Yankees and allowed seven hits, two walks and no runs over 13 innings.
Keuchel wasn’t just an opportunistic lefty who hit his spots. He was a fire-breathing dragon, and in the Bronx there didn’t appear to be any dragon slayers in sight.
“To beat him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi