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LCS Takeaways: Torres backs breakout year with huge game for Yankees

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Even before the playoffs started, 2019 had been a special season for Gleyber Torres. After Saturday, this year’s a little more memorable. The New York Yankees took the ALCS opener 7-0 in Houston thanks to an offensive outburst from Torres and a strong outing from Masahiro Tanaka.

Hours earlier, the Washington Nationals took a 2-0 NLCS lead over the St. Louis Cardinals thanks to a dominant pitching performance from their ace. One day after Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Max Scherzer carried one of his own into the seventh on the way to a 3-1 Nationals win. Now the Cardinals now head to D.C. in trouble after scoring just once in two games at home.

The pitching promises to be just as compelling Sunday, when Justin Verlander will face James Paxton in Game 2 of the ALCS. In the meantime, these moments from Saturday’s games merit a closer look…

With each passing year, the Aroldis Chapman trade looks better for the Yankees. That’s not to say the Chicago Cubs are complaining – they won the 2016 World Series thanks in part to Chapman, of course. But Torres, the centrepiece of the four-player package the Cubs sent back to the Yankees, just keeps impressing.

Last year as a rookie he hit 24 home runs with an .820 OPS. This year, he hit 38 homers on his way to an .871 OPS and 3.9 wins above replacement.

Now the 22-year-old’s adding to those numbers with a memorable post-season performance. He........

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