Poor defense, disgraceful offense, and more bad managing cost the New York Yankees again in Game 3 of the ALCS. They’re now down 0-3 and surely will not be coming back from that deficit. Not with the way they’ve been playing this postseason.
The Yankees offense recorded three hits and five walks against six Astros pitchers. They struck out 11 times and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Harrison Bader made a back-breaking error in the second inning that paved the way for another Chas McCormick home run. If Bader catches the ball, the inning is over, and the Yankees aren’t playing with their backs against the wall, scared.
If that two-run homer doesn’t happen, then Cole saves some bullets for later in the game and probably isn’t the subject of another awful decision by manager Aaron Boone.
In the top of the sixth, Cole loaded the bases with nobody out. He surrendered a double to Alex Bregman, walked Kyle Tucker, then the second coming of Barry Bonds — Yuli Gurriel — hit a 42 MPH bloop to right field.
That’s when Boone saw enough. He took out Cole after 96 pitches and went to Lou Trivino. On what planet is Trivino better than Cole? On what planet is not bringing in your absolute best reliever in that situation not the answer? Ask YES broadcaster Michael Kay, because he had a lot to say about it.
YES broadcaster Michael Kay went off on Yankees manager Aaron Boone
Between this and the tense call between Kay and Boone on the Michael Kay Show earlier in the week, it’s getting a bit testy in New York. But how could it not? Fans and analysts have been forced to watch some brutal baseball on behalf of the Yankees and Boone’s been among the culprits.
Did you enjoy the ALDS win? Or were you crapping your pants the entire time worried that the Yankees would blow it and be embarrassed? Even the wins weren’t satisfying. They featured average offensive showings that made every Guardians threat feel like it could be the end.
Boone’s bullpen decisions in Games 2 and 3 cost the Yankees dearly. His constant, drastic lineup changes haven’t allowed the Yankees to figure out a winning formula. And his postgame interviews? They are the WORST.
Thanks, Aaron. But explaining the game of baseball to the media and fans just isn’t going to cut it. This team and fanbase needs to rally around an emotional response that highlights accountability and gumption. The Houston Astros have embarrassed you time and time again and the response is “we know what we’re up against” and “we have to capitalize on certain situations”?
Barring a miraculous 0-3 comeback, the Yankees need to clean house. Hal Steinbrenner needs to gut the front office, coaching staff, and find someone who’s willing to revamp this roster without worrying about any potential backlash he/she may face.
He won’t do it, though. So get used to another year of Boone mismanaging the bullpen and lineups in close games, then providing uninspiring postgame interviews.
This Yankees era will result in ZERO World Series appearances. Forget about titles! They can’t get past the same team in the ALCS and had three tries! They’ve gotten embarrassed by the Boston Red Sox. It doesn’t start with Boone, but he certainly cannot stay if other franchise-altering decisions are made.