Possibly Randy Arozarena isn’t merely a Yankee-killer.
The Rays outfielder who tormented the Yankees all through the ALDS additionally crushed Houston pitching throughout the ALCS and hit one other homer in Tampa Bay’s Four-2 win in Recreation 7 on Saturday evening at San Diego’s Petco Park.
Arozarena’s two-run shot within the backside of the primary was his seventh homer of the postseason and gave the Rays a 2-Zero lead and so they by no means seemed again.
The 25-year-old will now get an opportunity to point out what he can do on the grandest stage of all, as Arozarena helped get the Rays to the World Collection, the place they’ll face the winner of Sunday’s NLCS Recreation 7 between the Dodgers and Braves.
Whichever group the Rays play could have their work minimize out for them, as Arozarena has pounded opposing pitching all through this yr since being known as up in late August following his restoration from COVID-19.
And even earlier than that, he hit at each degree he performed at a yr in the past within the Cardinals group earlier than St. Louis traded the Cuban-born Arozarena final offseason, prompting Houston supervisor Dusty Baker to surprise aloud on Friday, “I’m simply attempting to determine how the Cardinals removed him.”
Arozarena’s postseason scorching streak started in Tampa Bay’s wild-card sequence win over the Blue Jays, when he had 4 extra-base hits in two video games.
That turned out to be only a prelude to what Arozarena would do in opposition to the Yankees, when he went Eight-for-12 with three homers within the first three video games of the ALDS earlier than going hitless within the last two video games of the sequence.
“Each mistake he’s gotten he’s barreled up,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone stated after Recreation three of the ALDS. “We’ve received to discover a method to hold him in test.”
Kyle Higashioka had an identical take after that recreation: “I don’t assume I’ve ever seen earlier than the place a man punishes each single mistake. We will’t get away with something in opposition to him proper now. It’s been fairly irritating.’’
The Astros can relate.
He homered in Video games 1, Four and 5 of the ALCS and had multi-hit video games in Video games 2 and three.
Then Arozarena, with one out and one on within the backside of the primary, homered off Lance McCullers Jr.