The New York Yankees continue with their 2020 march towards October with a game against the Atlanta Braves. So we bring our three biggest takeaways from this game for the Yankees.
Takeaway #1: Aaron Judge Keeps Rolling Towards MVP
The Yankees slugging right fielder is doing everything for the Bronx Bombers. We know how talented Judge is just by watching him play. And for being a giant specimen, Aaron is quite graceful on the field. Aaron Judge is capable of being a gold glove caliber defender in right field while also possessing the skill to win the batting title and an MVP. There was a scary moment for fans when Judge was removed for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. However, according to multiple beat reporters, Yankee manager, Aaron Boone, wanted to rest Judge a little after four games on the artificial turf in Tampa.
Takeaway #2: Luke Voit is a Quiet Force
The New York Yankees have been able to find lightning in a bottle with some aging veterans. And they have also found diamonds in the rough with players like Mike Tauchman and Luke Voit. Tonight, Voit would hit a mammoth three-run homerun to give the Bronx Bombers the early lead. Luke Voit, also, has an elite level eye at the plate. There are many times where a close pitch on the outside part of the plate, where Luke will watch the ball go by and make his way down to first base. Luke Voit and Mike Ford have been invaluable players for the New York Yankees.
Takeaway #3: Questionable Management
One prevailing feeling through the early season is that the Yankee manager, Aaron Boone, has made some questionable decisions. Every manager in baseball history will have their choices challenged, debated, and argued over all season long. However, in the early part of 2020, Boone has made some “interesting” choices to go to some low leverage relievers in higher leverage moments.
Now, Boone can not be held responsible or accountable for the pitchers faltering when he brings them in a game. However, what can be questioned in the decision to bring in certain pitchers. Yes, the strategy of not using the same reliever three games in a row is a reliable approach. (That was also a strategy employed by Joe Girardi, someone who was considered by baseball pundits as a manager who used his bullpen well.) That being said, Boone has chosen to use some guys like David Hale and Nick Nelson over guys like Chad Green and Adam Ottavino in high leverage moments. Again, every manager will have his decisions questioned, especially when those decisions don’t work. But there seems to be a mental lapse in Aaron Boone’s decision making at the present moment. Hopefully, this will not be a season-long trend.