The New York Yankees continued their season with a twin-billing against the New York Mets. So we continue to recap the Bronx Bombers season with three big takeaways from the doubleheader.
Takeaway #1: Boone Mismanages Bullpen
One aspect of the 2020 season for the New York Yankees that has been a perplexing issue has been Aaron Boone’s bullpen management. During this and the last doubleheader against the Braves, Boone would make some puzzling choices. For example, the numbers might dictate that Jordan Montgomery’s third time through a lineup this season is quite high. But in the first game, there were very few batters that squared up on Monty’s pitches. Yet, Boone decided to go to a shakey Chad Green, who promptly served up a home run. (More on Green in a moment.) And if the Yankees are going to find success in October, they will need some bullpen management success in August.
Takeaway #2: What’s up with Chad Green?
Speaking more on Chad Green, after entering the game and giving up a three-run home run, Chad followed up with two more. Green has looked lost on the mound during his last two outings and unable to hone in on quality strikes. Seemingly every slider is falling and is non-competitive. And every fastball that’s thrown is cut center and deposited into the seats for a home run. The Yankees bullpen is currently ailing, Tommy Kahnle is down for the season with Tommy John Surgery, and Zach Britton is also on the IL. So the pecking order for Aaron Boone and the bullpen has moved Green into a more predominant role. And the Chad Green we have seen in the last two outings is struggling.
Takeaway #3: Lack of Fire During 7 GAME LOSING STREAK
I struggled to pen this piece; hence the reason it came out so much later than the other articles of it’s kind. The reason I struggled wasn’t merely because the Yankees lost their seventh game in a row. But it’s also because watching this team right now they seem to have a defeated spirit before the game even begins. It has been a long time since the Yankees game me a sense of defeat before games are even played. Michael Kay stated it several times through the two broadcasts that the Yankees had several opportunities to put the Mets away and didn’t.
As a result, the Yankees find themselves four games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East Division and only a mere half-game above the Blue Jays. If the playoffs began today, the Yankees winning percentage would place them fifth of the eight playoff teams. For a team with so much power and ability, the level of play is not following suit. If the Yankees have any hope of accomplishing their mission of “Win Everything,” they will need a sharp turnaround. And while yes, injuries have once again hit the Yankees at an extreme level. However, all teams are dealing with injuries, and it’s part of the game. No one will give the Bronx Bombers any quarter or take it easy because they have nearly all of their top players on the IL. The Yankees must still find ways to win ballgames or find themselves on the outside looking on this October.