The Yankees went 2-6 last week, which effectively killed any chance to win the AL East. Not only is Aaron Boone’s club 5.5 games behind the first place Rays, but the Yankees are also now a game back of the Blue Jays with 20 games left this season. Fortunately, the expanded playoff system will allow the Yankees to almost assuredly make the postseason. Let’s get the latest on the Yankees’ skipper:
- Boone served a one game suspension after Aroldis Chapman nearly hit Tampa Bay’s Michael Brosseau in the head on Tuesday. Benches cleared for a shouting match following that game. The manager didn’t think he should have been suspended.
- Gary Sánchez’s season-long struggles reached a boiling point over the weekend. The manager benched him and was asked quite a bit about it. How long will it last? His response: “…hopefully, a day or two or however I decide to do it here can help get him going because once on all of us to get around him and try and help him get to what we know he can be.” More quotes from Boone within the link above on how Gary handled the news and how this is part of the manager gig.
- The manager was not pleased with Tyler Wade’s poor baserunning after losing to the Mets on Thursday.
- Boone was scrutinized for some of his moves over the weekend.
- He brought Clarke Schmidt in for his debut with two on and two outs in the fifth. It’s easy to Monday Morning Quarterback that decision after Schmidt gave up a few hits, but Boone also didn’t have many options in the nightcap of the doubeheader. Remember, Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Chad Green, and Jonathan Holder all pitched in the first game that day. Adam Ottavino had pitched back-to-back days.
- Yesterday, he didn’t pinch hit for Erik Kratz in the seventh inning. The Yankees were down 4-1 and had two runners aboard with one out. If he didn’t want to go to Gary, fine. But clearly, Gleyber Torres could have hit! He pinch hit after Kratz was retired. Boone took a chance of Kratz hitting into an inning ending double play rather than use Torres. Boone’s lucky Kratz only flew out.
- Speaking of Gleyber, why was he able to pinch hit but not available to start on Sunday? Granted, after Torres pinch hit for Tyler Wade, Thairo Estrada took over in the field.
- Is the whole load management thing becoming overkill? I already mentioned Gleyber, but DJ LeMahieu didn’t feel like he needed a break this weekend. Boone had been wanting to get him a day off nonetheless.
- Lastly, I think this sums it all up:
Now, to the survey: