Tough loss last night, to say the least. Last night’s loss to even the ALCS at one a piece ended right around one in the morning, so if you missed it, make sure you catch up with Steven’s recap. Now, on to our regular Monday morning feature, which is slightly different this week.
At the recommendation of one commenter last week, I’m no longer going to show voting results from the previous week until after the current polls. Obviously, scroll all the way down if you must, but perhaps this will help avoid some bias from seeing prior results.
2019 Regular Season Record: 103-58 (AL East Champions!)
ALCS: Yankees tied with Astros in best-of-seven series, 1-1
Upcoming: Games 3, 4, and 5 at home vs. Houston on Tuesday through Thursday. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) in Houston on Saturday and Sunday.
Recent Aaron Boone News:
- Boone hopes that Giancarlo Stanton will be able to return to the starting lineup for Tuesday’s Game 3 in the Bronx. He suffered a quad strain in Game 1.
- Game 1 decision-making:
- In Game 1’s win, Aaron Boone gave Masahiro Tanaka the hook after six innings. Tanaka had faced the minimum, not allowed a run, and only threw 68 pitches. In spite of Tanaka’s dominance, Boone didn’t hesitate to avoid his starter facing the Astros lineup a third time through.
- Another key decision from the series opener: Boone penciled in Gleyber Torres in the three-hole. That was Brett Gardner’s spot for all of the ALDS, and the Yankees didn’t tweak the lineup at all that series. Nonetheless, it paid off on Saturday as Torres drove in five runs.
- Game 2 decision-making:
- Boone had a very quick hook for James Paxton in Game 2. Down 1-0 with runners on first and second and one out in the third, Boone summoned Chad Green in relief. Green got Alex Bregman to line out and Yordan Álvarez to pop out to escape.
- The skipper lifted Green after two scoreless frames for Adam Ottavino with one out and nobody on in the fifth. Houston’s top of the order was due up, and George Springer hit the first pitch out to tie it up. Green seemingly had more in the tank and hadn’t yet gotten to the second time through the order. Perhaps the first move to backfire on Boone this postseason.
- Ottavino ran into some bad luck trouble after the Springer dinger. Michael Brantley reached base on a strikeout that went to the backstop and José Altuve hit an infield single. Otto did strike out Bregman looking, and then Boone lifted him for Tommy Kahnle againt Álvarez. Kahnle punched out the rookie swinging. He also pitched a clean sixth and seventh.
- In the top of the seventh with nobody on and two out against Verlander, Cameron Maybin walked. If Boone was going to pinch hit Stanton, that seemed like an opportunity to do so.
- Boone called on Aaron Hicks for the first time in the 10th. He pinch hit for Cameron Maybin to lead off the frame against righty sidearmer Joe Smith. Hicks grounded out sharply to first.
- After Zack Britton pitched the eighth and Aroldis Chapman exhausted 25 pitches in the ninth, Boone turned to CC Sabathia to start off extra innings. The vet retired his only hitter: Michael Brantley. Looks like he’s a LOOGY option now.
- After CC came Jonathan Loaisiga, who had a rough one. He walked the only two batters he faced and ceded to JA Happ against Álvarez. Happ struck him out and induced a fly ball against Yuli Gurriel to wiggle out of the jam. Unfortunately, it ended in the bottom of the 11th when Carlos Correa launched Happ’s first pitch into the seats for the walk off.
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