The Yankees are back on the upswing. It’s been a topsy-turvy year for Aaron Boone’s club, but last week, the team rebounded to advance to the ALDS against Tampa Bay. It’d be nice if the team remains on the up and up this week against the Rays, who had Boone’s team’s number this season.
As we do every Monday during the season, let’s get a feel for how everyone’s feeling about Boone’s performance. But before we get to the survey questions, here’s a brief summary of Boone’s last week at the helm:
- The skipper pushed the right button by starting Brett Gardner over Clint Frazier against Cleveland. The vet reached base in five of ten plate appearances and contributed a couple of key hits. Boone simply played the hotter hand and it paid off.
- Another good move: the timing of replacing Chad Green with Zack Britton in Game 2. Up 8-6 with two on and one out, the manager summoned Britton and got an inning ending double play. Just as planned.
- It wasn’t all roses for Boone, however. There were a handful of questionable decisions made in Game 2 that could have cost the Yankees the game:
- Masahiro Tanaka did not have it, but Boone pushed him into the fifth while up 6-4. It was the third time Tanaka would face the top of Cleveland’s order, and naturally, the first two batters reached. Only then did Boone make the change for Chad Green.
- In the top of the 7th, Boone pinch ran Tyler Wade for Luke Voit after a leadoff walk in an 8-6 game. Cleveland tied it and Wade’s spot came up in the 8th with two on and two out, though Clint pinch hit there. Hindsight is 20/20, especially after Frazier struck out. Still, it would have been nice to have Voit remaining in a game that was far from over.
- Cleveland’s acting manager for the series, Sandy Alomar Jr., baited Boone into pulling Zack Britton in the bottom of the seventh with the Yankees still up 8-6. Alomar put up righty Jordan Luplow in place of lefty Josh Naylor after back-to-back two out walks. Boone countered with Jonathan Loaisiga, who quickly gave up a game-tying double. Look, Loaisiga should have gotten the job done against Luplow, but Alomar noted how much better they felt about that matchup than Britton vs. Naylor or Luplow.
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