New York Yankees

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JULY 21: J.J. Matijevic #13 of the Houston Astros celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk-off single against the New York Yankees during game one of a doubleheader at Minute Maid Park on July 21, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

New York, we have a problem. It’s Houston.

If there is one form of kryptonite for the best team in baseball, the New York Yankees, it is the Houston Astros.

The Astros swept a double-header from the Bronx Bomber 3-2 and 7-5 on Thursday, and took five of seven games from the Yankees this season.

That doesn’t mean the Astros will dominate the Yankees come October, but it is a red flag nonetheless; something to put a pin in and revisit in a couple of months. Still manager Aaron Boone says nobody should make too much of it.

“I understand the season we’re in. It’s not going to matter unless (it’s) October. If we happen to come back here in October we’re going to show up. We’re going to expect to win. We think we’re really good. They’re really good. Don’t overstate this,” Boone said.

The pressure is only going to mount on the Yankees if they should seen Houston again in October. The Astros knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs three times. First in a wild card game at Yankee Stadium back in 2015. Then, more famously — or infamously — knocking out the Yanks twice in the ALCS in 2017 an 2019.

And if the Yankees are going to improve, they need to hit better against Houston. As a team, the Yankees are hitting only .151 in seven games for the Astros. Aaron Judge only has four hits in 27 at bats (.148) against them.

Only D.J. LeMahieu is hitting an even .300 against Houston. Everyone else is at or near the interstate.

Time will tell how this rivalry will play out when they likely meet again for the all the marbles.