The New York Yankees will look to continue exceeding expectations this season Friday by clinching a spot in the 2017 World Series. Most, including myself, saw them as a fringe contender coming into the year. Instead, they won 91 games and are a win away from their 41st pennant.

The Yankees, as you know, beat the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game then rallied to come back from down 2-0 to beat the 102-win Indians in the ALDS. They then fell behind 2-0 to the 101-win Astros in the ALCS before coming back to take a 3-2 series lead. And they've done all that despite getting close to nothing
from the DH spot. The DH numbers:

Wild Card Game: 0 for 4

ALDS: 0 for 16 with three walks and eight strikeouts

ALCS Games 1-3: 1 for 10 with two strikeouts

Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury and Matt Holliday have split time at DH this postseason. Holliday had a miserable second half and has started just one postseason game, ALCS Game 1 against Dallas Keuchel, during which he went 0 for 3. Headley has gotten more at-bats than Ellsbury as the DH so far.

In Game 3, Headley had another line drive go for an out in his first at-bat, that one measuring at 98.6 mph. The quality of his contact was improving and eventually the hits started falling in. That's usually how things go when a hitter snaps out of a slump. They gradually progress from ugly at-bats to better at-bats to loud outs to hits.