Last week was a mixed bag for the Yankees. After finishing off the Red Sox to start the week, Aaron Boone’s club went 3-3 against the lowly Tigers and Blue Jays. That kind of performance is frustrating with home field advantage on the line. Worse, though, were the injuries. Both Gary Sánchez and Edwin Encarnación got hurt. On the bright side, they’re very close to clinching the division (magic number is 3!), Dellin Betances and Jordan Montgomery returned yesterday, and Luis Severino will pitch on Tuesday.
With that, and before we get to the voting, here’s where the Bombers stand:
2019 Regular Season Record: 98-53 (1st place, 9.0 games ahead of Rays)
Last Week: 4-3
Upcoming: Home vs. Angels (3 games, 9/17 – 9/19), Home vs. Blue Jays (3 games, 9/20 – 9/22)
Recent Aaron Boone News:
- The skipper sat down for a Q&A with the Athletic’s Lindsey Adler (subs. required). I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll leave you with two snippets from Boone:
- On “next man up” mentality that really was born in spring training: “I’ve tried to remain the same and consistent, and that goes back to spring training when it’s all those guys in a room and saying, Hey, you may not think you will impact our club this year, but stranger things have happened.”
- On the idea that “too many homers” are not effective in the playoffs: “…I feel like one of the biggest myths that gets driven and driven every year is that you’ve gotta manufacture and get small hits when it’s really not true. The teams that play well in the postseason pitch well, prevent runs, and slug.”
- Gary Sánchez suffered a groin strain in Detroit last week. Though it’s not explicitly clear how it happened, it seems like it might have been a byproduct of surprisingly trying to steal second base. Boone said that he gave Sánchez a green light to run, though I’m not so sure that’s true. It sounds more like Boone covering for his player who shouldn’t have been taking a chance like that in the first place.
- On the bright side, Boone is hopeful Gary will return before the end of the regular season.
- Last Tuesday, the Yankees had an ugly loss against Detroit. Boone’s bullpen management was suspect in the game, though not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. The Yankees lost with Chance Adams on the mound even though Aroldis Chapman was available. Boone said he was waiting for the Yankees to take a lead before using his closer. It’s one thing in a fairly meaningless September game, but it’s another if he pulls that in the postseason.
- Clint Frazier has made a few defensive mistakes since returning to the majors this month. When he was sent down earlier this year, the Yankees wanted him to work on his fielding. Nonetheless, Boone has remained positive and called the miscues teaching moments.
- The manager doesn’t seem optimistic about seeing Aaron Hicks again in 2019.
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