It seems like when the Yankees need a win the most, and their manager to lead from a position of security, blundering Aaron Boone shows up on cue.
I have maintained all year that Yankees manager Aaron Boone is the clubs greatest weakness. He has no experience, and his clubs success is due only to the abundance of talent on a team that continually bailed him out of his bad management, until now.
After Brian Cashman finally succeeded in acquiring Zach Britton and J.A. Happ to bolster an inconsistent pitching staff, lightning struck twice, as Gary Sanchez went down again with the same groin strain that already saw him miss 20 games and Aaron Judge was hit by a pitch that chipped a bone in his wrist.
These are the times in a season where the manager has to step up and guide the team through adversity. Aaron Boone has only proven his inexperience since the All-Star break with the latest calamity in the first game of a doubleheader at home versus the Kansas City Royals, one of the worst teams in all of MLB.
The Yankees main and most important goal is to win the AL East. They must prevail victorious against teams below .500 to keep pace with the Boston Red Sox. The Yanks entered the series three games back in the loss column to Boston, but have a four-game series coming up next week at Fenway.
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The Yanks should be playing every game like it is a playoff game.
Luis Severino, the staff ace, has struggled in his last three outings. His stuff is there, but Severino is not the same pitcher without run support and a lead. Does an experienced manager know how to instill confidence at such a critical junction in the season to a key cog in the machine?
Boone should put his best players on the field, get a lead for his young ace and help to restore a confidence level to the young right-hander that enables him to grab the win. What in blazes is Brett Gardner and Miguel Andujar doing on the bench in favor of Tyler Wade and Shane Robinson?
Miggy is just 25 and can play both ends of a day-night doubleheader and Brett Gardner can too. But worst case, Gardy could certainly start the first game and when the Yanks get a lead, come out and watch Severino coast through six or seven innings against a team that is used to losing and will likely give up after they go down a few runs.
Hence, the Yankees had that chance in the second inning: bases loaded, no outs and Tyler Wade hitting .185, at the plate instead of any one of the regulars who all hit with much more regularity. Well, we all saw the ridiculous double play that coming.
How is it possible, by any stretch of the imagination, for the Yankees skipper to manage his club into a situation that Neil Walker finds himself play right field? And how does third base coach Phil Nevin not wave off Gleyber Torres’ try at a triple in the seventh inning? It was pure amateur hour, fellow fans. As I have often said, “the fish rots from the head down.”
I find it hard to believe that the Yankees can make any serious challenge to the Red Sox for the division or any kind of run in the playoffs with Blundering Boone at the helm.
I am sure that GM Brian Cashman and certainly the Steinbrenner’s, although not publicly, are agonizing over their decision to give this greatly talented Yankees team to a man with zero coaching experience at any level. George Steinbrenner would have fired him long ago.