The Yankees’ victory over the Royals in the ALDS is the first time the Yankees have won the division and they were led by their third-leading hitter in the MVP race, Gary Sanchez.
They were also led by a trio of AL MVPs, including two-time MVP and Cy Young Award winner Carlos Beltran, who batted .348 and had 12 RBIs in six games.
“It’s going to be tough to come back from being up three games in the series,” Sanchez said of his team’s 2-1 victory.
“I’m sure we can bounce back from it.”
The Royals have a tough stretch ahead before their trip to Toronto.
They will face the Blue Jays in their home opener on Tuesday and then face the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday night.
The Yankees, who are 12-5 in their last 18 games against AL Central teams, are 6-3 since their ALDS series win over the Rangers, who won the first two matchups.
Sanchez was the MVP of the AL, but it was his performance in the first half that made the Yankees’ championship the team’s biggest story.
He was the AL MVP in 2008 with the Yankees, but he was suspended from the game after he was caught on video hitting Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Saying that it was a bad decision, he was ejected from the last game in which the Yankees faced the Royals.
The two teams will play again Monday in New York, with Sanchez hitting .314 (21 for 63) with three homers and 12 RBI in 13 games.
The AL Central standings after Monday’s games: Royals, Yankees, Braves, Indians, Astros.