Saturday night, an otherwise stellar 2017 season came to a disappointing end for the New York Yankees. They lost to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the ALCS, falling one win short of a return to the World Series. The Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card Game and came back from down 0-2 to beat the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS before pushing the 'Stros to the limit. "I put the uniform on to win the World Series. That's why I put the uniform on, and that's my goal. Some people might look at it different," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi prior to the Wild Card Game. "Have we had some players that have had some great years and done some great things? Absolutely, and the growth has been tremendous in our young players. But you put all this work in to win, and there's only one team that's going to be happy." Aside from the ALCS Game 7 loss, the 2017 season was an overwhelming success for the Yankees, who are ahead of schedule with their youth movement and have a new young core poised to get this team back to perennial contention. To wit: Aaron Judge set the all-time rookie record with 52 home runs and led all players -- that includes position players and pitchers, rookies and veterans -- with 8.2 WAR, according to FanGraphs. Gary Sanchez led all catchers in home runs (33), RBI (90) and WAR (4.4) despite missing a month with a biceps injury, plus he threw out 38 percent of basestealers. Luis Severino became the first Yankees starter since David Cone and Andy Pettitte in 1997 to finish with a sub-3.00 ERA. He threw 193 1/3 innings with a 2.98 ERA and finished fourth among all pitchers with 5.7 WAR. The Yankees also received fine work from lefty Jordan Montgomery, who led all rookie pitchers with 2.7 WAR, and righty Chad Green, who struck out 103 batters in relief despite not getting called up until May 9. Other highly touted youngsters like Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, and Dustin Fowler made their MLB debuts as well.