The New York Yankees try to rebound from a difficult loss to the Mets with a doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles. So we continue our coverage of the Yankees in 2020 with three more takeaways.
Takeaway #1: Boone Mismanages Again
For the Yankees, Friday night brought about another doubleheader. During the first game of the doubleheader, Yankee manager Aaron Boone used up nearly all of his relievers. Yes, game one went into “extra innings” (because doubleheaders are seven-inning games.) However, this left the Yankees short for the second game. And it would come back to bite them.
In-game two, we would see Aaron go to the bullpen to bring in Clarke Schmidt, making his Major League debut. However, the problem was that Boone brought in Schmidt, a natural starter, in as a reliever with two men on and two outs. Anytime a pitcher is making his long-awaited Major League debut, the nerves will be through the roof. And even more so when place in a position to fail, like Boone, places Schmidt.
Takeaway #2: More Missed Opportunities
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but the Yankees would once again falter in the run-scoring department. Over the course of the doubleheader, the Yankees would leave 15 men on base. And while they would bat 5-18 (.278), the number of missed opportunities continues to haunt the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees have become extremely reliant on the home run ball. Which, given their nickname, isn’t surprising. However, where the issue comes in is when the team isn’t hitting home runs. So the Bronx Bombers must find a way to begin manufacturing runs, whether that be some hit-and-run situations or choking up on the bat with two strikes simply to put the ball in play. The Yanks must change up their “All or Nothing” approach or find themselves on the outside looking in this October.
Takeaway #3: Harsh Realities of 2020
It was mentioned on the broadcast last night that there were 20 games taking place. The most games of any single day in MLB history. This number included five doubleheaders, one of which was the Yankees. Last night’s doubleheader marked the Yankees fifth doubleheader of the season and their fourth in ten days. The doubleheader also marked the Yankees 10th and 11th games in eight days. And their 10th and 11th games out of 20 straight games without an off day.
The amounts of games played have clearly taken a toll on everyone, not just the Yankees. However, for the Yankees, they have been without their big hitters for such a long time. And unlike in 2019, their replacement players haven’t had the same kind of output. When, and honestly, at this point; if, the Yankees return to full strength, there is a great possibility to see them make a run towards the World Series. However, until that time, every game will be an uncomfortable adventure for Yankee fans.