Happy Labor Day! I hope that most of you are able to enjoy today’s holiday and the unofficial end of summer. It’s hard to believe that we’re in September and that the regular season’s end is near. As the postseason beckons, let’s check in on the Yankees and the person at the helm, Aaron Boone.
2019 Regular Season Record: 90-48 (1st place, 9.0 games ahead of Rays)
Last Week: 5-1
Upcoming: Home vs. Rangers (3 games, 9/2 – 9/4), Away vs. Red Sox (4 games, 9/6 – 9/9)
Recent Aaron Boone News:
- Thanks in part to DJ LeMahieu’s walkoff homer on Saturday, the manager was spared the spotlight for failing to challenge a call. He acknowledged the mistake anyway. This mishap occurred in the seventh inning when the score was tied at 2. Matt Chapman delivered an RBI double down the left field line to give Oakland the lead, except it actually looked foul on replay. No white chalk kicked up. Nonetheless, Boone stood pat. No harm no foul in the end, but you hope something like this doesn’t happen in the postseason. Remember when it happened with Joe Girardi?
- Boone’s bullpen management came into question over the weekend, particularly in yesterday’s win. The thought is that he should have used Adam Ottavino in a scoreless game rather than Ryan Dull, who put the Yankees in a 3-0 hole. Ottavino was eventually used in the ninth when the Yankees were down 4-3. The heart of the matter is how important home field advantage is to the Yankees. If you feel it’s not important, you probably didn’t care about Boone’s bullpen decisions. If you want to beat out the Astros and Dodgers, you probably were annoyed.
- On the injury front, Boone told the media that Edwin Encarnación could return before the homestand ends on Wednesday. It seems like a pretty quick return from a wrist fracture, but he came out of yesterday’s rehab appearance just fine.
- The manager made it clear that even though he plans to rest his players regularly this month, that doesn’t mean they’ll be complacent. The Yankees can afford to do so with such a big division lead, but with the Next Man Up mentality, Boone feels good about pressing on.
- Boone was coy about Luis Severino’s role upon his return. He started in Scranton yesterday and I’m sure the team would love to have him back in the rotation. It just doesn’t make sense for the manager to decide something before it’s determined to be viable.
- Gio Urshela went on the injured list with a groin strain, but Boone noted it’s not a big deal and that they want to play it safe.
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